Buffalo Grass

Buchloƫ dactyloides

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Grass
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.
Plant Care: Mow regularly so that not more than 1/3rd of the leaf is removed each time. Mow up to 2 to 3 inches or not at all for a longer look. Provide adequate water, but avoid overwatering. Fertilize 2 per year, once in late-spring and once in fall. Aeration might not be necessary except in very compacted soils. 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:

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 9
Mature Size: 2-5" tall x 72" wide
Utah Native: Y
Color: Tan
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Aug

Plant Needs:

Light Requirement: Sun
Irrigation Requirement:     Low

Garden Location:

  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • Tradition with a Twist
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter