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Creeping-type grasses

Creeping-type grasses are named for their creeping growth habit. These grasses spread by stems that stretch out from the crown of the plant. New shoots develop from nodes on underground stems, called rhizomes, or on horizontally growing aboveground stems, called stolons.

Grasses spread by rhizomes


Grasses spread by stolons


Grasses spread by both stolons and rhizomes

*stolons and rhizomes are short

Illustration of St. Augustinegrass
St. Augustinegrass is a creeping-type grass that is spread by thick stolons.

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