Seashore paspalum is a very
salt tolerant warm-season grass with desirable turfgrass characteristics.
This specialty grass is sometimes used in warm-season areas where
either the soil or irrigation water has a high salt content. It does
well near the ocean where it is subject to saltwater. Improved cultivars
have been developed.
A medium to coarse-bladed grass with a dense
root system and an aggressive growth habit. The leaves are rolled
in the bud, there are no auricles, and a short, membranous ligule
is present. This light to medium-colored grass spreads by rhizomes.
Moderate maintenance. Seashore paspalum
requires moderate amounts of water and fertilizer and needs frequent mowing
to maintain a low cut. This species is hard to mow and is somewhat slow
to recover from mowing damage. It has a high tolerance for heat and salt
and will tolerate some shade. Seashore paspalum can tolerate some traffic
and can recover quickly from moderate wear during spring and summer.