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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Stenotaphrum secundatum

St. Augustine Grass, Carpet Grass, Charleston Grass, Buffalo Grass, Centipede Grass

Scientific Name:

Stenotaphrum secundatum

Genus:

Stenotaphrum

Species Epithet:

secundatum

Common Name:

St. Augustine Grass, Carpet Grass, Charleston Grass, Buffalo Grass, Centipede Grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Brackish marshes, roadsides, lawns. A pioneer species of beaches and shores, S. secundatum was known from the Carolinas prior to 1800. It has been interpreted as native or introduced in our area; its original range is probably now impossible to determine.” Uncommon to infrequent on NC Outer Banks and barrier islands and southern coastal counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Rhizomatous, forming dense mats. Tolerant of drought and heat but not cold. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/stenotaphrum-secundatum/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=STSE



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