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Texas Native Grasses


Texas’ only native lawn grass, buffalograss, is my favorite choice for full sun and should be used more often. Here are some other native grasses that should be preserved and introduced more often.

COMMON NAME                                                   SCIENTIFIC NAME


Big Bluestem                                                                Andropogon gerardii

Blue Grama                                                                  Bouteloua gracilis

Bushy Bluestem                                                            A. glomeratus

Eastern Gamma                                                            Tripsacum dactyloides

Little Bluestem                                                  Schizachyrium scoparium

Indiangrass                                                                   Sorghastrum nutans

Sand Lovegrass                                                            Eragrostis trichodes

Sea-oats                                                                       Uniola paniculata

Longspike Silver Bluestem                                            Bothriochioa saccharoides var.


Sideoats Grama                                                            Bouteloua curtipendula

Switchgrass                                                                  Panicum virgatum

Coastal Muhly                                                              Muhlenbergia filipes

Lindheimer’s Muhly                                                      Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Canada Wildrye                                                           Elymus canadensis

Texas Bluegrass                                                            Poa arachnifera

Inland Seaoats                                                              Chaemanthium latifolium


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