This bunchgrass grows in erect tufts. The round reproductive shoot emerges from a flattened base. Sheaths are flat and overlapping. Florets are 2 to 4 inches long, brown, fuzzy, twisted, and have a single awn. Awns are tangled and bent. At maturity the foliage turns reddish brown with straw yellow stems and tastes like molasses.
Tanglehead is a perennial, warm-season, native – 12 to 42 inches tall.
Good grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.
Grows on rocky hills and ridges and along railroad right-of-ways.
Stem Texture: Hairless/Smooth
Growth Habit: Bunch grass, Grasses
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)