Botanical Name: Buchloe dactyloides
Common Name: Buffalograss  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Grass


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Lawn, Parking Strip, Walkways


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

One of the very few drought tolerant North american grasses suitable for lawns. Buffalograss is a soft, grey-green to blue-green, warm season grass, growing 3 to 12 inches tall if left unmowed. Leaf blades are slender and curly, and the seed heads are compact. It spreads by rhizomes. It is a long-lived, warm season, sod-forming grass. Many varieties are available; it is even available in sod. Plant it with blueoats grama for a lovely, low-water lawn.
Buffalograss needs full sun and well-draining soil. It requires only 2 inches of water per month to stay green. It is a warm-season grass, which means it will be dormant (and tawny colored) from mid fall until the warmer part of spring. Plant seed, plugs, or sod (see Guides). Requires only 3 to 4 mowings all season, or don't mow at all, and have a billowy, prairie-like lawn.