How to Grow Florida Paspalum

Floriadum paspalum image by Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database:usda.org

Overview

Florida paspalum is a perennial grass that spreads by underground rhizomes and has a clumping growth habit. It is a naturalized ground cover at the cusp of woodlands, pine forests and open prairie lands and prefers a moderately moist soil. One person's ornamental grass groundcover is another person's invasive weed, and this divergence of opinion exists for Florida paspalum. Those who enjoy it can plant it by transplanting rhizomes or seed. Florida paspalum produces small green blooms in August and September with seed head development following bloom.

Step 1

Provide an evenly moist to slightly wet soil that is never allowed to fully dry out. Irrigate to supplement rainfall, to maintain soil moisture levels. Soil quality can be poor to middling in nutritional value and Florida paspalum will still thrive. Light clay and sandy soils are also tolerated.

Step 2

Grow your Florida paspalum in a full sun exposure. It will tolerate some occasional light shade but will likely result in sparser, leggier growth and possibly smaller plant size.

Step 3

Leave flower heads to mature on the stem in the late summer and fall to allow the seed to self sow and spread. Capture seeds from mature seed heads by shaking or rubbing the seed heads in a glass jar or a plastic bag. Store the seeds or plant them immediately in well tilled soil nestling the seeds into the soil but no covering over entirely to allow sunlight to help germination. Water the seed in well.

Step 4

Dig large clumps of soil and Florida paspalum rhizomes at least 8 inches in size for transplant and spreading to additional areas. Prepare planting holes in moist soil and set the transplant root ball at the same soil level where it was growing previously. Compact the soil lightly around the transplant root ball and water in well.

Things You'll Need

  • Florida paspalum rhizomes or seeds
  • Hand trowel

References

  • Utah State University
  • USDA Plant Database profile
Keywords: paspalum floridanum, Florida paspalum, grass ornamental

About this Author

A communications professional, D.C. Winston has more than 17 years of experience writing and editing content for online publications, corporate communications, business clients, industry journals and film/broadcast media. Winston studied political science at the University of California, San Diego.

Photo by: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database:usda.org