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Native Grasses



Texas' only native lawn grass, buffalograss, is my favorite choice for full sun and should be used more often.

When I’m asked about the best pastures grasses for the south and much of the rest of the country, the first and most important answer is the big six: Little and big bluestem, Indiangrass, Eastern gamma, switchgrass and side oats grama. When planting any of these native grasses, broadcasting shredded native tree trimmings first will pay great dividends.

Here is an expanded list with those and others that should also be considered.


Big Bluestem   Andropogon gerardii
Blue Grama Bouteloua gracilis
Bushy Bluestem Andropogon 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. longipaniculata
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 Sea oats Chaemanthium latifolium


Inland sea oats





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