i love these. i found them in several areas, and i'm fairly certain i want to protect them.
Can someone give me a little more info on these?
and yes, i'm assuming they are desirable. please let me know if i'm wrong.
I had posted this on the Grass & Bamboo Forum, but have not had any responses.
Hoping someone more familiar with Texas natives can help me
No You DON'T want to keep those. Speargrass, wire grass, invasive, when those long spears break loose they have a sharp barbed spear- are Known to kill animals a slow death when they make their way into skin, lungs when breathed. nasty, nasty stuff found from all over southern areas
they grow back since those spears are hitchikers that fall off the little mammals tjat cross the yard brings them back. Allow me to add that lawnmowers cant cut this grass- it dulls the blades super fast and just shreds the grass bad edges and stalks if at best
Yes, better than hide n seek with bb guns, chuckle, but not much more. It might be a decent graze, but our cows avoided it in favor of other prairie grasses. There are several different variations of this stuff by the way, being a native tho, we have still managed to spread it to Australia and Canada. It is only good for grazing if kept grazed, let's see: Heteropogon contortus and Nasselia leucotricha. Andropogoneae, the genus Stipa causes the most damage to animals. Other common names ---Tanglehead, porcupine grass, Blackseed needlegrass, needle and thread, Spanish needles. By the way it can puncture lips of the cows eating it and like a fish hook, the barb is backwards. As said it causes deaths of small animals if it works its way into them.
Now this was an educational thread. I have gradually gotten most of this removed from my 1/3 acre spread... With a shovel and those brown bags the city trash people will pick up. The goat didn't like it, she only liked winter rye in the grass department