Smooth-stalked meadow-grass is a grass with stolons belonging to the Poaceae family. Its particular feature is that its shoots growing on the nodes of the stolon form a thick grass surface, by growing in clumps as it covers empty areas. It is difficult to grow from seed; therefore it is often used in the form of turf panels on football pitches. It is excellent for growing turf panels, as the stolons hold the panel together when it is removed. The basic species can be mowed back to 40 mm, while cultivars to as little as 20 mm. Its regenerating ability is good – although it takes time to fill in damaged patches – with suitable resistance to tramping. It requires plenty of nutrients, water and light; although more shade-tolerant varieties already exist. It forms a long-life turf. The thousand grain weight of seeds is 0.17-0.3 g. It takes 20 days to grow, so it is often treated with additives that stimulate germination.