Green roofs have captured architects' imagination, inspiring many of them while building some of the most beautifully designed homes you can now find around the world. Their dynamism and beauty has fascinated photographers and artists around the world and are, to say the least, a trendy tendency in newly designed city landscapes, giving a comfort sensation that would be difficult to achieve with anything else.
However, green roofs are not easy to protect and require certain maintenance, a reason for which architects, designers and planners feel challenged to use plants that can thrive in shallow weather conditions. They require low maintenance as well as low levels of irrigation.
A study from Nikolaos Ntoulas, Panayiotis A. Nektarios, and Efthimia Nydrioti, from the Department of Crop Science at Agricultural University of Athens, offers recommendations for the use of turfgrass in green roof environments, identifying Manila grass as a very good option when selecting a turfgrass for its use in roof tops with these difficult conditions. Image: Oslo by Metro Centric under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).
Common name: Korean grass, Manila templegrass, siglap grass, temple grass, Mascarene grass, harishiba, hierba Manila, Japanese carpet, jukut kakawatan hijau (Sundanese), rebha sekem-sekeman (Madurese), burikit (on Seram), rumput siglap (Malay), damong-alat, barit-baritan (Tagalog), malakuwerdas (Pangasinan), ya-nuannoi (Thai) .