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Plants of the UNF Campus

Cynodon dactylon - Bermuda grass
Family Poaceae


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.


This is the main grass in The Green.


Herbaceous plant with stems up to three feet tall if unmowed.

Care Instructions:

Light: sun

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.