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Buchloe dactyloides

Buchloe dactyloides - Buffalo Grass

Buchloe dactyloides - Buffalo Grass

More About Buchloe dactyloides

  • A.K.A. Bouteloua dactyloides
  • Clumps of light green stems hold either arching leaves or seeds
  • Plants are male and female
  • Seed stems produce light brown seeds, held almost erect, in late spring
  • Bloom Time: June to August
  • Flower Height: 40 cm
  • Foliage Height: 30 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

Buffalo grazed on this grass when it populated the Great Plains.  

 

Zone:

4

Height:

15-40 cm

Spread:

25-45 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Buffalo Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Buffalo grass can be grown in full sun or light shade in a wide range of soil types, however, it does not like poorly drained, wet areas. It can be used as turf, and mowed regularly. If allowed to grow naturally, prune in early spring to make room for new growth. At one time, it predominated the prairies and is now used as a forage crop for livestock.


Buchloe dactyloides Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium
Slow

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

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