Form: grass; thick mat ; srpeads by runners or stalons
Size: male stems 4-6in; female shorter
Leaves: tan in winter; gray-green otherwise
Flowers: small tassels; mail and female flowers on separate plants
Range/Origin: norther Great Plains south into Mexico; 5500ft in Arizona
Hardiness: goes dormant after first few frosts
- Exposure: needs sun
- Water: natural rainfall in many places; needs 12in annually
- Soil: sandy, rocky, or limestone soils
- Propagation: runners or stolens; seed
- Maintenance: mowing generally not necessary; mow 2 times a year if used as turfgrass
research by Master Gardener Pat Perry
disease free with few insect problems
excellent variety "Prairie" available in sod form
seeding rate: 1/2 to 2 lbs per 1000 sq ft
Do not confuse with Buffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris).
Buffel is an agressive non-native which can be invasive and destructive local species.
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