Bahia Grass

Bahia Grass (Paspalum notatum)

  • Palatability when young.
  • Ability to stand heavy grazing and trampling.
  • Legume compatibility.

    Requirements and uses
    One of the earliest species adopted for permanent sown pastures. Also suitable for hay and silage, but should be cut before flowering to avoid hay being spoiled by presence of ergot- infected seed heads. Once established, provides good stable ground cover to combat erosion, particularly that caused by water movement.


    Grows best on deep, moist, fertile, sandy loams and clays usually of alluvial or basaltic origin. Such soils are subject to compaction under intensive grazing. It has little tolerance of salinity, but is very tolerant of poor drainage. It can be sown at any time from spring to late summer, although best sown just before the expected rainy season since germination and establishment can be slow.


    Soil preparation
    Seeds should be drilled or broadcasted into a well-prepared, fine, weed-free seedbed. It should preferably be placed less than 1.5 cm deep.


    • Palatability when young
    • Ability to withstand heavy grazing and trampling
    • Legume compatibility
    Sowing rate (uncoated)
    8 - 12 kg/ha
    Sowing rate (uncoated)
    20 kg/ha
    Subtropical Grasses

    Subtropical (warm season, C4) perennial grasses are traditionally grown in summer rainfall environments. However, they can be successfully grown in the Mediterranean environments due to a combination of drought tolerance and the mild winter conditions...