Buchloe dactyloides - Gramineae, Grass Family
DESCRIPTION: Low growing, sod-forming, dense ground cover; very attractive
Height: To 6 inches if not mowed
Flowers: Female greenish-yellow hidden among the leaves. Male whitish-green short spikes rising above
Fruit: Small inconspicuous seed
Foliage: Evergreen, grass blades gray-green less than 1/8 inch wide and up to
6 inches long
Growth rate: Slow
Sun: Full sun, tolerates some shade
Drainage: Good to moderate
Water: Not needed once established
Maintenance: Little needed
Propagation: Seeds, plugs with roots, sod
NATIVE HABITAT: Along road-banks throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
WILDLIFE USE: Staple food for Texas tortoise. Grazed by white-tailed deer and cotton-tailed rabbits and a resting place for many species of doves.
COMMENTS: Not aggressive; other grasses will overtake. Tolerates foot traffic. Male sterile varieties better looking.