Shade tolerant Turf grass : 9 posts by 3 authors.
What are the varieties of grass that can be grown as lawn grass in a shady area. About 60-70% shade tolerant?
Are buffalo grass varieties available in our country and can they be grown in Indian weather ?
Stenotaphrum secundatum (St. Augustine grass) is suitable for shady places in tropical areas especially in the coastal regions.
Axonopus compressus (carpet grass) is suitable for shady places in tropical areas.
Paspalum notatum (Bahia grass) is suitable for shady places in sub-tropical areas
Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuyu grass) is suitable for high altitude shady and sunny places (above 1500m altitude)
Eremochloa ophiuroides (Centipede grass) is suitable for temperate regions and is slightly shade tolerant.
Zoysia matrella (Indian blue grass) is suitable for saline coastal areas and mangrove areas and is slightly shade tolerant. (Other species of Zoysia (Japanese and Korean blue grass) are sun-loving)
Buffalo grass (Brachiaria mutica) is found abundant in India and can grow well in sunny places with lot of moisture (like lake banks, canal banks, paddy field bunds, etc.) Can also tolerate some shade (like in well irrigated coconut gardens)
Zoysia japonica grows well in shade.
I planted Oplismenus sps. (Oplismenus burmannii ??) under the trees when I was taking care of the huge garden in Chennai. This grass was very tolerant of shade and required no water / less water. It grew profusesly under the shade of the trees