Texas Wintergrass (Nassella leucotricha)

Origin: Native to North America
Use: Perennial, cool season, native grass that provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock.
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Plant Description:
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Life Span  perennial
Growth Form  tall, erect, bunchgrass
Management:
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Cold Tolerance: High
General  Provides fair grazing for wildlife and livestock.
ID Features: This bunchgrass grows 12 to 24 inches tall, sometimes as taIl as 42 inches. Stems usually are erect but sometimes are prostrate with short, hairy nodes. Dark green blades are beset with short, bristly, white hairs and are rough on both sides. The light brown seed has a single, twisted, bent awn, 2 to 4 inches long, and a barbed callus in the base; hence, it is sometimes called speargrass. In late spring, the white, persistent glumes resemble oats after the awned seeds have fallen. A self-fertilized spikelet may be found at the base of the stem.
Special Notes:
  • Other common names--speargrass, needlegrass
  • Although not planted, can provide valuable forage when present.
  • Palatability and quality rapidly decline with maturity.

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