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Centipede Grass

Eremochloa ophiuroides

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eremochloa (er-em-OH-kloh-uh) (Info)
Species: ophiuroides


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Tallahassee, Florida

Hahira, Georgia

Mcdonough, Georgia

Kihei, Hawaii

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Pelion, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 22, 2008, graceful_garden from Hahira, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Love centipede grass! Abhor St. Augustine - too pest-attracting! All I do to control Jap. Beetle grubs is apply Milky Spore. Fertilizing is cheap & relatively simple with dried molasses - no high-nitrogen fertilizer for centipede. It never grows too tall - just a few inches, and then, is filled with seed heads. It does tend to grow by runners into flower beds, but is relatively easy to remove - unlike Bermuda!


On Feb 27, 2008, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Centipede grass is a very popular lawn grass in the South and does very well in light shade. Do not try to use under heavy shade conditions (St Augustine grass is much more shade tolerant) nor under trees with a shallow root system. Maintenance requirements are quite low, hence the nick name of "the poor man's bent grass". DO NOT over-fertilize; no more that one pound of actual nitrogen per thousand square feet per year is adequate for strong, healthy growth. Major problems include Brown Patch (fungus), sting nematodes, grubs and mole crickets. Docturf.


On Dec 23, 2007, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote:

An extremely drought tolerant grass, good for walking on. It does not need any watering except in extreme drought, unlike those thin - stemmed grasses most landscapers use that go colorless in dry weather. ( I think it is called Bermuda grass) It also is efficient at choking out weeds. The only bad thing about it is that it will try to take over paved surfaces with it's rhizomes that resemble centipedes.