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My Love Affair with Buffalograss, Buchloe dactyloides

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I found this grass was growing around my Monarch Garden though I did not know what it was.  So after a year of looking at it, I decided to find out what it is.  I identified it through the runners.

So far, it has stayed low enough that no mowing has been necessary.

This is what Richard L. Duble, Turfgrass Specialist, Texas Cooperative Extension has to say about it.

Native lawns in Texas often display the fine, curly, blue-green leaves of buffalograss, curly mesquite, grama and needlegrasses. Of these, buffalograss produces the most uniform and attractive turf.

Buffalograss, Buchloe dactyloides, is a perennial grass native to the Great Plains from Montana to Mexico. In Texas, it is commonly found from South Texas to the Texas Panhandle; but is rarely found on the sandy soils in the eastern part of the state or in the high rainfall areas of southeast Texas. It is one of the grasses that supported the great herds of buffalo that roamed the Great Plains. Buffalograss also provided the sod from which early settlers built their houses.

Buffalograss is, perhaps, our only truly native turfgrass. Its tolerance to prolonged droughts and to extreme temperatures together with its seed producing characteristics enables buffalograss to survive extreme environmental conditions. Overgrazing and, in the case of turf, over use or excessive traffic are the pressures that lead to the deterioration of a stand of buffalograss.

Buffalograss spreads by surface runners, or stolons, and seed. It forms a fine textured, relatively thin turf with a soft blue-green color. It does not possess underground stems, or rhizomes. Buffalograss is also destroyed quite readily by cultivation. For these reasons, it can be readily removed from flower beds and gardens.


I have no idea how this grass would perform in other locations.  For my location, it does not need any water and does not need to be mowed.  Like the above says ... it is easy to pull out of flower beds.

My plan is to root the runners and continue to encourage it to grow around the garden.  I will plant the runners where needed in the spring.

Buffalograss, Buchloe dactyloides



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