Syn. Milium compressum
Common name: Zimbabwe grass, Broadleaf carpet grass
Native to: Southern Africa
Zimbabwe grass is lime green in color. It forms thick stolons that creep on the surface and these grow rapidly. The leaves are wide and the size is similar to those of Paspallum. However, unlike Paspalum, Zimbabwe grass leaves are softer and less sharp.
Used commonly in low-maintenance lawns. The biggest advantage of this grass type is that it is shade-tolerant and is therefore a uselful species to plant in areas that don't get much sun, such as trees that provide dense shade.
Axonopus compressus (Zimbabwe grass)
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to full shade
Flowers: No flowers
Foliage: Evergreen, small wide blades of grass
Growth habit: Spreading
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 25 metres / 80 feet
Spread: Up to 5 metres / 18 feet
Soil requirements: Can be grown in moist, low fertility soils
Uses: Ground cover and turf in shaded areas