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Axonopus compressus/Carpetgrass

Axonopus compressus / Axonopus compressus
Well maintained lawn of carpetgrass
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Well maintained lawn of carpetgrass

Seed heads on unclipped carpetgrass

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Scientific Name: Axonopus compressus
Common Name: Carpetgrass
Plant Type:
Leaf Type: None
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: Used as lawn grass in lower and mid-South. Native grass to the deep South. Sometimes selected for plantings in large areas where a low-maintenance, rather low-budget, seeded grass is desired. It grows in moist, acidic soils. Propagation is by seeds and vegetative parts. Cannot tolerate heavy shade. Frequent mowing is normally required because of the heavy seed head development.