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St. Augustine Grass, St. Augustinegrass 'Floratam'

Stenotaphrum secundatum

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stenotaphrum (sten-oh-TAF-rum) (Info)
Species: secundatum (see-kun-DAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Floratam



Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Saraland, Alabama

Maitland, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Austin, Texas

Blanket, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Norfolk, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2008, norfolkgarden from Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Negatives - one of the more lame excuses for a 'southern' lawn grass, St Augustine grass blades are nearly identicle to crabgrass. Crabgrass blades have a fine tapered point while St Augustine has a more blunt tip, but the blade width and length are similar. The blade width is the most annoying part if you're used to a fescue, blue grass, or even, bermuda lawn.
This grass spreads by 'ropey' 1/4 inch wide stolons on the ground surface. This grass is not a soft green carpet to wiggle your toes in. wearing sneakers or sandals on this grass is a lot more comfortable.

We live in Norfolk, Virginia. It's in the 'transition zone' between northern and southern grasses.
- translation - "NOTHING looks good here 12 months a year. pick your poison and toler... read more


On Feb 3, 2005, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is the #2 most common turfgrass in Florida. Second only to Bahiagrass, which is a terrible turfgrass. This is a broadbladed turf. It has to be sodded. Grows well but requires a fair amount of maintenance to control weeds and dry spots and some other problems. It's known to have some pests. It does fine in sun or shade. It doesn't make a good athlethic grass because it's hard to walk on. It does a satisfactory job of preventing erosion at homesites and roadsides. I've noticed it handles traffic and wear extremely well. It's also tolerant of homeowners who don't take very good care of it. It is supposed to be mowed at a height of about 3 inches. 3" turf grass would get you evicted from some subdivisions up north so as you can tell it's an acquired taste. Many people including mysel... read more