Southwest Plant of the Month – Buffalograss – Buchloe dactyloide

Aug 29, 2019 | Plant of the Month

Plant Form: Turfgrass
Plant Size: 6” x varies
Plant Type: Warm season
Water: Low
Sunlight: Sun

Physical description: Soft, fine, gray-green foliage turning straw color after frost. Sod forming, spreading by rooting stolons.

Care and maintenance: Needs reliable summer moisture to remain green or will go dormant and turn brown. Invasive Bermuda grass can be a weed problem. Does not like sandy soil, preferring heavier loam or clay soil.

Gardener’s notes: Best if infrequently mowed. Good for naturalizing and wildflower meadows. Reseeds well. Native to Eastern NM and Central Texas northward.

Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES

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