About nine species of Cynodon
are native to Africa, Asia,
and Europe. They are herbaceous plants. Despite
its common name, Bermuda grass is native to north Africa and southern Europe. It is grown around the world as a turf grass and
livestock forage. Leaf blades grow to about six inches long but the slender
stems can grow to nearly three feet tall. The roots grow deep into the soil. In
the wrong location, it is a tenacious weed.
Water: well-drained soil, drought tolerant, needs irrigation to stay green through droughts
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
Bermuda grass grows best in Jacksonville in a well-drained sunny site in full sun. In the right situation, it is a sturdy, fast-growing grass. It turns brown during droughts and in winter. Several hybrid selections have been selected for superior performance on sports fields and lawns.