Buffalo Grass

Buchloƫ dactyloides

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Lawn & Blends
Plant Family: Poaceae
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.


Maintenance Type: Lawn - Warm Season
Plant Care: Lawn - Warm Season (turf grasses that are adapted to hot summers, staying green all summer but with a longer winter dormancy): Mow regularly so that not more than 1/3rd is removed each time. Mow to 2-3" or not at all for a longer look. Provide adequate water, but avoid overwatering. Fertilize once in the fall and an optional second time in the spring. In compacted soils, aerate once a year with a clean aerator. Dethatching is not necessary. Most weeds can be controlled through maintaining a healthy and competitive lawn. Otherwise, use appropriate weed control methods including hand pulling and appropriate herbicide use including pre-emergent herbicides to help compete with early-spring weeds.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 2-5" tall x 72" wide
Utah Native: Yes
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Unknown
Localscapes: Central Open Shape
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: Tan
Bloom Seasons: Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Aug

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 9
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Low (1/2" every 10-14 days)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Unknown

Garden Location:

  • Not on display
    • Not on display
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter