Grows from a tufted base and is an erect bunchgrass. The sheaths are conspicuously hairy at the throat and across the collar. The panicle is large, open, erect, pyramid shaped, and grayish or brownish green. Each panicle has three to eight flowered spikelets, each borne on individual branchlets. A ring of hairs is on the axils of the branches along the panicle axis.
Plains lovegrass is a perennial, warm-season, native – 15 to 36 inches tall.
Good grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.
Grows best on rich soils on rocky, gravelly or sandy land. Decreases with overgrazing.
Stem Texture: Hairy
Growth Habit: Bunch grass, Grasses
Distribution : 02 - Gulf Prairies and Marshes, 03 - Post Oak Savannah, 04 - Blackland Prairies, 05 - Cross Timbers and Prairies, 06 - South Texas Plains, 07 - Edwards Plateau, 08 - Rolling Plains, 10 - Trans-Pecos
Distribution refers to the ecological region in Texas that a plant has been found. You can also view a clickable map.
Book: Know Your Grasses (B-182)