Weed of the Week: Bahiagrass

Weed of the Week: Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum)

Bahiagrass is a warm season perennial that grows in Texas. Bahiagrass spreads by J-shaped purplish rhizomes and seed. The seed head consists of two or three spikes. Bahiagrass can be very aggressive and take over quickly especially in areas where competition is weak. Bahiagrass is very tolerant of low fertility and soil acidity.

J-Shaped Rhizome

J-Shaped Rhizome

Bahiagrass Seed head

Bahiagrass Seed Head

 

Bahiagrass can be utilized for grazing. Some of it’s attractions for producers include its excellent adaptation, ease of management, persistence under low fertilization and close grazing. Bahiagrass is adapted to sandy to clay soils with low to high fertility. Tolerates pH of 5.5 to 6.5.

Bahiagrass

Bahiagrass

 

Select Herbicide Options:

Chaparral

Cimarron Plus

Cimarron Xtra

Cimarron Max

Pastora

REMEMBER: THE LABEL IS THE LAW!  Always read the pesticide label before using.

 

 

Vanessa Corriher-Olson

Forage Extension Specialist

Soil & Crop Sciences, Overton, TX

vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Texas A&M University System

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