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buffalo grass

Botanical Name:
Buchloë dactyloides
Plant Description:
Very hardy warm-season perennial shortgrass. Native to North American prairies. Light green grass blades turning tan to lavender when dormant. Spreads by stolons. Can be mowed and grown as a low water-use turfgrass. Fine blades are soft and will withstand considerable traffic. Grows best during the warmest part of the year (i.e. summer). Comes out of dormancy in early June and returns to dormancy in September. Left unmowed, the seed heads provide some interest. Will not tolerate high elevations, sandy soil, or shade.
Plant Family:
Poaceae
USDA Hardiness Zones:
3 to 9
Mature Size:
2-5" tall x 72" wide
Plant Type:
Grass
Light Requirement:
Sun
Bloom Season:
June to August
Water Requirement:
3 - Low
Bloom Color(s):
Tan
Utah Native:
Yes
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