Botanical names of common turfgrasses

Common Name
Botanical Name
Cool-Season Grasses
Annual bluegrass Poa annua
Annual ryegrass Lolium multiflorum
Chewing fescue Festuca rubra spp. rubra
Colonial bentgrass Agrostis tenuis
Creeping bentgrass Agrostis palustris
Creeping red fescue Festuca rubra spp. rubra
Hard fescue Festuca ovina spp. duriuscula
Kentucky bluegrass Poa pratensis
Perennial ryegrass Lolium perenne
Rough bluegrass Poa trivialis
Tall fescue Festuca arundinacea
Velvet bentgrass Agrostis canina
Warm-Season Grasses
Bahiagrass Paspalum notatum
Bermudagrass Cynodon dactylon
Buffalograss Buchloe dactyloides
Carpetgrass Axonopus affinis
Centipedegrass Eremochloa ophiuroides
Kikuyugrass Pennisetum clandestinum
Seashore paspalum Paspalum vaginatum
St. Augustinegrass Stenotaphrum secundatum
Japanese lawngrass Zoysia japonica
Mascarenegrass Zoysia tenuifolia