Buffalo Grass

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Buffalo Grass

Buchloe dactyloides
6

10 inches
6

12 inches
Central U.S.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low

About This Plant

Sun (not shade). A native grass used as turf; the blue-green color and delicate white seed heads make a soft, plush lawn. Buffalograss is suitable for lawns without much foot traffic, but its billowy texture can be damaged by heavy use. Buffalo grass will normally stay dormant during winter and during drought. Establish it by seed in late spring (or by sod anytime of year.) It isn’t mowed regularly like other turfgrasses; limit mowing to twice per year. 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

Little needed; if mowed, use a height of 2-3 inches. When in doubt, don’t water. Buffalo grass can survive on less than 1 1/2 inches of water per month; overwatering can weaken it and cause it to be quickly overtaken by Bermuda grass and other weedy invaders.

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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