St. Augustine grass is native to the Gulf of Mexico region, the West Indies, and Western Africa. It is of tropical origin and is typically found in the wild on sandy beach ridges, fringes of swamps and lagoons, salty and fresh water marshes, and limestone shorelines.


It is not as drought tolerant or cold tolerant as Bermuda grass. It will do OK in moderate shade and will thrive in high Florida temperatures.

St. Augustine grass is often compared to a lush, green, thick carpet. In fact, a healthy St. Augustine grass lawn will even effectively crowds out most weeds. It best suited for lawns and is not meant for high traffic areas.

There are several types of St. Augustine grass. Most common in Florida include: Palmetto, Floratam, Bitter Blue, Captiva, and others.