Buffalo Grass

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Buffalo Grass

Buchloe dactyloides
Buchloe dactyloides
Zacate cepillo
Central U.S.
6

10 inches
6

12 inches
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Deer Resistant

About This Plant

Sun (not shade). A native grass with a billowy texture, forming shortgrass meadows. The blue-green color and delicate white seed heads make a soft, plush lawn as long as there’s not too much foot traffic. Various turf-like selections are available, including 609, Prairie, and Stampede; choose a cultivar carefully, as some can grow up to 12 inches. Habiturf is a National Wildflower Center mix combining buffalo grass, blue grama and curly mesquite grass. If your yard has too much shade, try Texas Sedge instead.

Maintenance

Establish by seed in late spring (or by sod anytime of year.) Overwatering and over-mowing cause buffalo to weaken and succumb to weedy invaders like Bermuda grass. Limit mowing to twice per year, using a height of AT LEAST 3 inches; or just brush-sculpt to maintain a pleasant texture. Buffalo grass is dormant during winter and during drought. It survives on less than 1 1/2 inches of water per month; when in doubt, don’t water.

Features

Plant Type:
Grasses, Groundcover
Size:
6-10" H, 6-12" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
Green
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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