The Tortoise Club

Plant Name:

Grass, St. Augustine; Charleston

Latin Name:

Stenotaphrum secundatum

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St. Augustine grass, also known as buffalo turf in Australia and buffalo grass in South Africa, is a species of grass in the family Poaceae. It is a warm-season lawn grass that is popular for cultivation in tropical and subtropical regions. It is a medium- to high-maintenance grass that forms a thick, carpetlike sod, crowding out most weeds and other grasses. It is high in fiber and relatively low in protein and can be fed regularly.