Pemba grass

Pemba grass

Pemba grass Stenotaphrum secundatum is also known as buffalo grass and St. Augustine grass. It is a warm season grass that is light to dark green  grass with broad and flat leaf blades. In Kenya, this grass grows best at the coat and in Ukambani.


Growth habit

Pemba grasss (buffalo or St. Augustine grass) spreads by stolons. These are the above ground runners.  Leaves and roots grow at the nodes of these stolons.

Shade tolerance

Pemba grass has excellent shade tolerance shade tolerance as long as it is growing in a warm climate.

Ability to out-compete weeds

Pemba grass forms a very thick sod. This enables it to completely out-crowd weeds.

Mowing frequency

This grass can grow very aggressively. It therefore requires frequent mowing to keep it spreading, to control weeds and to keep it looking nice.

Where to grow

In East Africa, Pemba grass ought to be grown in coastal areas and hot areas where water is available. The grass will grow in the shade in these areas.

Cold tolerance

Pemba grass has poor cold tolerance.