Grass Family ( Poaceae : Andropogoneae )
Latin Name : Bothriochloa laguroides (synonym: Bothriochloa saccharoides)
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – fair
Sometimes considered a weedy type perennial. Leaves tapering to a fine point, has adapted to a variety of habitats. Seedheads are conspicuously hairy. Nodes of this bluestem are not hairy. The plant stems grow at alternating angles from each node giving the appearance of a “zig-zag” stem from the base to the end node. Ligule is membranous with two spurs on the ends. Livestock will graze this plant for a few weeks in the spring but little after the seedheads develop. This grass will increase on sites that are grazed heavy continuously. It is considered an invader on sites in poor condition. Adapted to all of Texas, but grows best on loamy soils underlain by limestone. Grows well on clays and clay loams. Does not grow well on moist sites.