Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua dactyloides

Buffalograss

Previous scientific name(s): Bouteloua dactyloides, Bulbilis dactyloides, Sesleria dactyloides

Short, warm season, long-lived perennial sodforming grass with vigorous rhizomes. Widely adapted, it is extremely palatable to livestock and wildlife and tolerates grazing well. Slow to establish unless treated with potassium nitrate. Used for turfgrass and soil stabilization (see Turfgrass section).

Varieties: 
Bison

Developed from the Texoka and Mesa cultivars. Similar to Texoka in appearance, adaptation, and forage yields. Intended for pasture and range plantings, but can also be used to establish a low maintenance turf. (Released 1990)

Plains

Developed from the Texoka cultivar and native plants. Taller, denser, and darker green than Texoka; also a better forage producer. Fast establishing. Intended for pasture and range plantings, but can also be used to establish a low maintenance turf. (Released 1992, source of ecotype: TX, CO, and NE)

Texoka

A broad-based variety selected from several clones. Best known for its ability to produce seed, also an excellent forage producer and it is often used to establish low-maintenance turf. (Released 1974, source of ecotype: KS, OK and TX)

Bowie
Cody

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 12 
in.
Season: 
Warm
Life Form: 
Sodformer
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Not Adapted
Moderately Coarse: 
Marginal
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Best
Fine: 
Average

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
- 16 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
18.70 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
56,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes