Common bermudagrass

Common Name:

bermudagrass, common

Scientific Name:

Cynodon dactylon






Growth habit: Densely rhizomatous and stoloniferous creeping perennial grass Stem: Stem or stolon is stiff, glabrous, with leaf sheath turning brown and dehiscent; Leaf: Fine bladed. Leaf linear, 1-5 cm long, 1-5 mm wide, sparse hairs on upper leaf surface; Collar: Ligule as short fringe of hairs; sparse long hairs at the collar; Inflorescence: A spike with 3 to 7 racemes (or spikelets).


Rhizomatous and stoloniferous perennial grass. Considered one of the world’s worst weeds. Height can vary greatly with cultivar. Common and forage types can reach 1.5 to 2 feet in height and produce spikes 30 to 40 cm tall. ‘Tifway’ and dwarf-types will not reach these heights if left unmowed and will likely die if allowed to grow unmanaged.