Common carpetgrass

Axonopus affinis



Has flat stems and stolons that resemble St. Augustine grass. Takes root at nodes. Blades are flat, short and rounded. The minute ligule is ciliate. The inflorescence has two to three racemes on a long, slender stem. The spikelets are fuzzy and not more than 1/10 inch long. The seed branches look like braided leather whips.

Common carpetgrass is a perennial, warm-season, native - 12 to 30 inches tall.

Fair grazing for both livestock and wildlife.


Grows best on bottomland soils and when managed as a pasture plant. Occurs in moist, sandy soils and along the borders of streams.