What is Buffalograss?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 11, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Unmowed buffalograss with seedheads
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Turfgrass Quick Facts: Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides)


Buffalograss is a popular drought tolerant native sod forming turfgrass for low traffic areas.  It is relatively short in height and left unmowed has an interesting natural appearance.

Buffalo grass Characteristics

  • Native warm season bunch grass
  • Cold tolerant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Can be left unmowed for interesting texture
  • Gray green leaf color
  • Does not tolerate traffic well

In Depth Resources:             


California- Buffalograss as a low maintenance turf
Utah - Buffalo Grass


Missouri - Establishment and Care of Buffalograss Lawns


North Carolina - Buffalograss 


Texas - Buffalo Grass


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.