Bahia Grass

Paspalum notatum

  • For intensive grazing
  • For hay production particularly in the higher rainfall areas
  • Suitable for erosion control




    Pensacola Bahia grass is suitable as a permanent pasture for intensive grazing and for hay production particularly in the higher rainfall areas. Due to its aggressive and soil binding root system, it is also suitable for erosion control.


    Species origin

    North and South Americas.


    Plant characteristics

    Growth habit low growing or prostrate growth habit, thus requiring intensive management for productivity. It has a strong root system and can spread slowly by stolons.

    Adaptation – grows well in rainfall zones of 700mm – 1,500mm and prefers light textured and well drained soils. It can tolerate salinity up to 4,500 ppm, growth can be adversely affected by higher than this level of salinity.

    Uses – when grown for grazing, it combines well with legumes and appears relatively tolerant to shading. Grazing or hay in an intensive system requiring input of water and fertiliser. Due to its prostrate growth habit, it is also suitable as amenity turf or as a ground cover for erosion control.


    Seed characteristics

    Seeds are small – seed coating will improve seeding operation and establishment.

    Seed dormancy – can be a problem especially in freshly harvested seeds.


    Seeding Rate

    Bare seeds at 3-5kg/ha
    Coated seeds at 4-8kg/ha

    Tropical Grasses

    Tropically adapted grasses come in a wide range of species adapted to varying conditions. Many summer crops grown today are annual tropical grasses. Perennial tropical grasses offer the same benefits in terms of growth response to moisture & temperature and dry matter production.