Buffalograss

Species: Buffalograss [Buchloe dactyloides (Nutt.) Engelm.]
Cultivars: Texoca, Hays, Comanche, Sharp Improved.
Origin: Central Mexico, North America (Great Plains)
Use: Grazing
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Description:
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Life Span:

3-12 inches, 0.5-1.0 foot tall, decumbent, stolons, male and female flowers occur on separate plants.
Perennial
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Extremely drought tolerant, generally not planted.
6.0-7.5
Sandy-loam, drained loam, sand, and clay.
Dominant species in with American shortgrass prairie.
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Burs: 8 lb PLS/A
Seed: 3 lb PLS/A
March-May
0.5 inch
$25-30/A
May-October
1000-1500 lbs/A
Notes:
  • Good source of nesting and denning material.
  • Seedlings begin to appear 14-21 days after planting when moisture is available for germination.
  • Tolerates intense grazing pressure.
  • One of the most nutritious of the prairie grasses.

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