Buffalo Grass

Buchloe dactyloides

Zacate cepillo

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.

Origins: Central U.S.


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.

A native turfgrass for shortgrass meadows and lawns with low foot traffic.

Min. Height: 6'

Max Height: 10 inches'

Min. Width: 6'

Max Width: 12 inches'

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