Native Grasses

BIG BLUESTEM

Big Bluestem is a perennial warm season grass that is used for forage, prairie restoration, and highway right-a-ways. It is a high quality forage for all types of livestock. It prefers moist, well drained soil, but will work on many soil types. Plant 10 PLS per acre late May-July or frost seed December-February.

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INDIANGRASS

Indiangrass is a warm season perennial grass that is used for forage and prairie restoration. When harvested before flowering, it is considered one of the most palatable native grasses for livestock. It is adaptable on various soil types, but prefers well drained bottom land. Plant 8-10 PLS per acre late May-July or frost seed DecemberFebruary.

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SIDEOATS GRAMA

Sideoats Grama is a long-lived perennial warm season grass that is used for prairie restoration, highway right-a-ways, and some forage. It can produce lots of forage, but is not the most palatable native. Extremely drought tolerant, however, it needs moisture until it is established. It prefers well drained sites. Plant 8-10 PLS per acre late May-July or frost seed December-February

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EASTERN GAMAGRASS

Eastern Gamagrass is a warm season perennial grass that tends to grow in 1-4 foot diameter clumps. Used primarily for forage, this native has vigorous regrowth abilities and great palatability. It prefers moist, heavy soils for maximum production. Plant 8-10 PLS per acre December – February or plant stratified seed in late May.

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LITTLE BLUESTEM

Little Bluestem is warm season perennial grass that is used for forage, prairie restoration, highway right-a-ways, and wildlife habitat. It grows well on a wide range of well drained soils. Plant 6 PLS per acre late May-July or frost seed December-February.

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CRABGRASS

Crabgrass is a warm-season annual that is easy to establish. Most often used for forage, this grass is adapted state wide and can produce on a variety of different soil types. Stands are maintained by allowing to re-seed. Plant 4-6 PLS per acre late May-July

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VIRGINIA WILD RYE

Virginia Wild Rye is a unique native grass – it is a cool season perennial. Most often used for forage, this grass is beardless making it suitable for hay or pasture. Grows best in moist soils and can thrive in shade or full sun. Plant 10 PLS per acre fall or spring.

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SWITCHGRASS

Switchgrass is a warm season perennial grass used for forage, prairie restoration, and in some cases bio-energy production. Although it is very drought tolerant, switchgrass prefers low, moist ground but can grow on various soil types. Due to its height and deep root system, switchgrass can become dominant over other natives over time. Plant 5-6 PLS pounds per acre late May-July or frost seed December-February.

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