Buchloe dactyloides -
Buffalo Grass is often used as a low maintenance lawn substitute. It
needs mowing only once a season and has low water requirements. Buchloe
forms a tight mat with stolons (above-ground runners) and has very dense
roots. Often planted with Bouteloua gracilis in a lawn, as the Bouteloua
will green up about 2 weeks earlier than Buchloe.
The first killing frost will send it into dormancy (buff-coloured)
and due to it being a warm season grass, it will not turn
green until the soil has been warm for approximately 2 weeks.
This could result in the lawn not greening up until late
May. Therefore Buffalo grass is not an ideal turf grass
for cold climates. We suggest our Enviro-Turf
Do not use Buffalo grass as a lawn where snowfall is low and foot traffic
is high in the winter.
Due to its spreading ability, it is often used for erosion control.
Description: warm season; moderate spreader
Foliage - grey-green; of narrow blade width; 10-15 cm (4-6")
Flowers - sparse; blooms in July-Aug; 5-15 cm (2-6")
Ideal conditions: full sun; prefers clay soil, but
will grow in sandy loam; well drained soil is required; tolerant of
extreme heat and drought
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further
info on plant hardiness)
Native to: Great Plains of North America, one of the
short grass prairie grasses
Drought tolerance rating: 1 (water to root depth once
every month) further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 20-45 cm (8-18")
Pronunciation: Buchloe (boo-KLOH-ee) dactyloides
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