Paspalum notatum

Bahia grass

Other common names:

Bahia, lawn paspalum.



A hard-wearing, coarse-textured grass with soft leaves. It is used in some low maintenance situations and at airports. The grass is slow to establish from seed but once established, it out-competes other more desirable turf species due to its robust root system and dense mat of stolons and rhizomes. In southern Queensland, bahia grass is the major perennial grass weed species in parks and urban open space areas, where it requires frequent mowing during summer to remove the numerous seed heads up to 60 cm tall. Bahia grass shows poor shade tolerance, and is damaged by a number of herbicides safe to use on other warm-season turf species (source: Carson, 2010).


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-season turfgrasses.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Wick-wiping. Slashing or mowing to reduce seed head.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



Carson, 2010. Bahia grass, QLD Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, technical note.



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