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.
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.
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Forage Extension Specialist
Soil & Crop Sciences, Overton, TX
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Texas A&M University System