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Confusion Elimination

This page is dedicated to educating potential customers in our own little "online classroom".  


How many varieties are there?  

The first two original varieties released are called Floragraze & Arbrook, (grown by our sister farm, Haystack Farms, Inc.).  They both grow to a height of about 18" and are cut, baled, & sold for hay (termed "Florida's alfalfa").  UF-Tito & UF-Peace were released in the summer of 2008 and should prove to be attractive new forage types.

There are four varieties of ornamentals released to date by USDA, NRCS:  Ecoturf & Arblick (obtained by our farm around 1985), Brooksville 67 "waxy leaf" & Brooksville 68 "pointed leaf" (released in 2002). 

All the varieties mentioned so far are rhizomous perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata) - spreading by an underground rhizome.  Another selection called "Golden Glory" was developed in Hawaii in 1996 as a groundcover plant, but it is stoloniferous (runs across the surface of the ground).   Somehow it made it to the mainland US.  It is of the Arachis pontoi species, notArachis repens & definitely not Arachis glabrata(perennial peanut propogated by rhizomes).


Ecoturf vs. Golden Glory:

Ecoturf is slow-growing, hardy, non-invasive, & drought tolerant.  Golden Glory is fast growing across the top of the ground, has a "viney" appearance, non-hardy, invasive, needs more water to survive, & can live in very wet  conditions. Studies from around the world have shown that pinto peanuts are more susceptible to winter kill, spider mite damage, and nematode issues than Arachis glabrata.  Click here for an informative PDF by USDA, NRCS to help clear the confusion.  Many nurseryman can grow pots of Golden Glory quickly & inexpensively. However, many times they are mislabeled.  Use the document linked above to arm yourself with correct information and to eliminate confusion.


Ecoturf vs. St. Augustine Grass:

Another common question we answer is "how does Ecoturf compare to St. Augustine grass?".  Well, we're so glad you asked! We have compiled a chart comparing the costs of the two for a standard 5,000 sf lawn for a period of 25 years.  You will find it most informative. Click here to view it.


Soil pH:

Perennial peanut performs well in a wide range of soil pH. Modify soil pH only if measured pH is outside the range of 5.0 to 7.5.



Salt Tolerance:


Perennial peanut can tolerate salt spray, salt drift, and short term saltwater flooding. There are several successful coastal plantings of perennial peanut in St. Augustine, Key West, Marco Island, and Bonita Springs. These plantings are in good condition and have not been affected by salt.



Suitable for Septic Tanks?  Yes!


UF/IFAS Research Links:


Establishment and Management of Ornamental Perennial Peanuts


Weed Control in Perennial Peanut


Guide to Using Rhizomal Perennial Peanut in the Urban Landscape  

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