What Turf Grass is That?

grassTurf grasses are classified in 2 broad categories:

  • Cool season turf grasses
  • Warm season turf grasses

Cool season turf grasses (common and botanical names) include:

  • Perennial Rye grass – Lolium perenne
  • Creeping bentgrass – Agrostis palustris
  • Tall fescue – Festuca arundinacea
  • Kentucky bluegrass – Poa pratensis

Warm season turf grasses (common and botanical names) include:

  • Couch – Cynodon dactylon
  • Centipede grass – Eremochloa ophiuroides
  • Kikuyu – Pennisetum clandestinum
  • Buffalo – Stenotaphrum secundatum
  • Zoysia – Zoysia japonica
  • Durban – Dactyloctenium australe
  • Seashore Paspalum – Paspalum vaginatum
  • Queensland Blue Couch – Digitaria didactyla

When referring to particular plants (and animals) we may use common names or we may use scientific names.

Common names are names given by local people to refer to plants and animals. Common names may be totally different from one country to another, from one state to another, and even from one county to another.