What is Carpetgrass and Tropical carpetgrass?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape September 25, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Carpetgrass turf
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Turfgrass Quick Facts: Carpetgrass (Axonopus affinis) and Tropical carpetgrass (A. compressus)

Carpetgrass is a dense sod forming warm season turfgrass used in the southeastern U.S. It is also called flatgrass, Louisianagrass, and petit gazon (French for small lawngrass).

Carpetgrass is native to tropical regions of the Americas and the West Indies.

Carpetgrass Characteristics

  • Tolerates wet soils
  • Tolerates acid soils
  • Low fertilizer
  • Not drought or cold tolerant
  • Needs frequent mowing
  • Somewhat shade tolerant

In Depth Resources:


Florida - Carpetgrass for Florida Lawns
Louisiana - Carpetgrass for Lawns
North Carolina - Carpetgrass



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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.