Buffalograss

Bouteloua dactyloides

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bouteloua (boo-te-LOO-uh) (Info)
Species: dactyloides (dak-ty-LO-id-eez) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Bronze

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Naperville, Illinois

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Roswell, New Mexico

Austin, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Crawford, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 18, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It was known as a turfgass even back in the 1970's that is adapted to low maintenance and drought. A native short, warm season grass from the Great Plains and Southwest.
I saw a good lawn of it in front of a native, naturalistic landscape in Naperville, Illinois in the early 1990's. In the textbook of Turfgrass Science and Culture by James Beard, it is listed as Buchloe dactyloides.

Neutral

On Jan 12, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Buffalograss Bouteloua dactyloides is Native to Texas and other States.

Positive

On Jul 20, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this grass. It is fairly easy to maintain as long as you use cornmeal on it twice a year for weeds. I usually only cut it 4-8 times a year but you don't have to cut it but once a year (usually right after it goes dormant). Because of being in a HOA I can't leave it high all the time, (they think it will get taller but it doesn't). It stays at about 6"-7" tall in my yard. This year we are on water rationing because of water shortages and no rain and it is still going strong. There are a few patches that would like more rain but if we do get rain, it will green back up in a few days. This grass does go dormant in the winter so if you want a green lawn all year long you will need to plant something else along with it.

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