Bahia Grass 'Pensacola'

Paspalum notatum

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Paspalum (PASS-pal-lum) (Info)
Species: notatum
Cultivar: Pensacola



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage


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Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fairhope, Alabama

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 18, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I respectfully add that the Argentine variety is just as broad bladed if not more so than Pensacola and it's seed heads have got to be worse too. Both Pensacola and Argentine will grow throughout Florida.

I have a negative comment but I am going to remain calm, objective and as positive as possible.

Most people in the US don't know what Bahia is or has even seen it because it's mostly used in Florida and sometimes in Georgia. It's a broadbladed, thin mat, with a light green, not dark green color.

Oh no! Here it comes! Bahia is HORRRRRIBLE!! The person who discovered its use as a turfgrass should be forced at gunpoint to mow my lawn 3 times a week!

It looks terrible. When it's dry, it turns brown but thanks to the deep roots, it ... read more


On Sep 10, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

"Pensacola Bahiagrass is grown and planted on more acres than any of the other varieties of Bahia. It has been established on several million acres of roads, lawns, pasture, forage and conservation lands in the Southern states of USA since it's discovery in 1935 by Ed Finlayson of the Escambia County Extension Service."

It is an excellent low maintenance lawn here. Essentially a mow and grow. Not as pretty a Zoysia, centipede, St Augustine , or even Bermuda. It is a course grass and will wear out mower blades fast. But it will keep on plugging in driest season without irrigation, It will also do well in acid soils. Also a good pasture grass although other cultivars are better for this purpose.