Paspalum is a genus of plants in the grass family. Wikipedia said so, so it must be true because … never mind, just believe me. It performs well on golf courses, with empirical evidence observable at Moody Gardens Golf Course because it is salt tolerant and can be planted by sodding, sprigging or seeding.

It comes with a warning to cattle owners about a phenomenon known as “paspalum staggers,” but that’s a topic for some other columnist. Paspalum is a fun word to say, right up there with poa annua or fescue, both of which television talking heads seem to enjoy saying repeatedly during PGA Tour telecasts.

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