Bahia Grass • Paspalum notatum
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic conjunctivitis
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms
Physical description: Sod-forming, deep-rooted perennial grass that grows between 8-30 inches in height; has dark green leaves
Environmental factors: A common lawn grass in the southeastern part of the United States; valued for outstanding drought and heat tolerance; can be used for erosion control, livestock forage and hay; wind-pollinated; more shade-tolerant than bermuda grass
Cross-reactivity: Johnson grass, maize, and sorghum
- “Bahia Grass.” Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bahia%20grass
- “Crown Grass (lat. Paspalum).” Pollen.com. https://www.pollen.com/research/genus/paspalum
- “Bahiagrass Plant Fact Sheet.” USDA. https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_pano2.pdf
- “Paspalum notatum var. notatum”. Atlas of Florida Plants. http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1703
Did You Know?
Bahia grass is originally native to Central and South America, which explains why it’s best suited to the climates of southern states. Its name means “bay” in both Spanish and Portuguese.