Bristly paspalum (scientific name: Paspalum setaceum) is one of the most common grasses native to south Florida. It is treated as a weed by regular gardeners and is usually ignored by native plant gardeners. However, it makes a tough, drought-tolerant, mostly pest-free, and nearly indestructible groundcover. It makes an excellent alternative to traditional lawn grasses; however, its appearance takes some getting used to for those accustomed to a highly manicured lawn that looks like a green carpet.
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