PS144 is an excellent variety for landscaping and grass replacement because it readily spreads, has a low growth habit (3-4 inches) and will not climb walls, trees or shrubs. It produces bright yellow flowers within weeks of emergence and flowers continually throughout the year. PS144 will grow in full sun, but will also tolerate more shade than many lawn grasses, including St. Augustine.
PS144 has attractive green foliage and produces prolific flowers. It is truly a “living mulch” as it is synergistic with most other landscape plants and improves the soil. It performs particularly well in the warm summer months when most other plants do not. PS144 spreads above ground by stolons and can provide full coverage in as little as 2-3 months.
PS144 requires less fertilization and mowing than grass. It is excellent to plant in areas that are difficult to mow.
PS144 has a lower maintenance cost than grass. The University of Florida compared maintenance costs of the rhizomal perennial peanut to grass and, because the rhizomal perennial peanut can only be planted from cuttings or sod, the establishment costs are significantly higher than for our seeded varieties.
Better Shade Tolerance
PS144 can tolerate more shade than most grasses, including St. Augustine.
The Living Mulch
PS144 provides many of the benefits of mulch like improving the performance of trees and shrubs as well as nitrogen levels in the soil. Unlike mulch, it does not need to be replaced each year and will actually perform better over time.
Guide to Using Rhizomal Perennial Peanut in the Urban Landscape
Perennial Peanut in Public Landscapes
Sustainable Landscaping Video on Perennial Peanut
Landscaping with Perennial Peanut; U of Hawaii