Centipede Grass (Ophiuroides)

The Centipede Grass (Ophiuroides) is generally described as a perennial graminoid. This is not native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the spring and summer and fall . Leaves are not retained year to year. The Centipede Grass (Ophiuroides) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate.

The Centipede Grass (Ophiuroides) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by sod, sprigs. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 12°F. has medium tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Graminoid
Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Long
Plant Nativity Introduced to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Stoloniferous
Drought Tolerance Medium
Shade Tolerance Intermediate
Height When Mature 0.4
Vegetative Spread Rapid
Flower Conspicuousness No
Seed Spread Rate None
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Sod, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements Medium
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 12
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Moderate
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5–7.5 pH
Precipitation Range 34–34 inches/yr
Planting Density 11000–43000 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Minimum Frost-Free Days 200 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant Yes
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA