Turfgrass alternatives with low water needs.
Twenty-seven species, principally grasses, were evaluated for their ability to provide ground cover (sward) with minimum irrigation and maintained by regular mowing. Bermudagrasses (Cynodon dactylon and the hybrid cultivar Santa Ana) and Paspalum vaginatum performed best. Atriplex semibaccata var. corta and A. glaucus, Buchloe dactyloides and the Phalaris stenoptera cultivars Sirosa and Sirolan also gave comparatively good cover and sward quality.