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BISON BUFFALOGRASS

#1084 | Buchloe dactyloides

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BISON BUFFALOGRASS

#1084 | Buchloe dactyloides

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Summary

Bison is a new seeded cultivar of buffalograss, a native to the North American Great Plains. This perennial, warm-season, sod-forming species is well adapted to dry climates and very winter-hardy. With its distinctive dark green color, the low-growing and finely textured grass is an attractive choice for home lawns, athletic fields and recreational areas. Bison reaches a mature height of 5 to 6 inches. Bison buffalograss was cooperatively developed and released by Oklahoma State University and USDA/ARS. Bison is a synthetic variety, derived from the male and female parents of the “Mesa” variety plus a superior plant of each sex selected from a Syn-1 generation planting of the “Texoka” variety.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
5" - 6"
Bloom Period
Early-Summer
Leaf Color
Blue-Green
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Growth Habit
Bunch-Type
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Spring - Early-Summer
Plant Depth
0.5"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
60° F
Establishment
Easy

Seed Information

Seed Treatment
Primed
Seeds Per Pound
40,000
Kingdom
PLANTAE
Subkingdom
TRACHEOBIONTA
Super Division
SPERMATOPHYTA
Division
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Class
LILIOPSIDA
Subclass
COMMELINIDAE
Order
CYPERALES
Family
POACEAE
Genus
BUCHLOE
Species
BUCHLOE DACTYLOIDES

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: Turf: 2 to 3 lbs/1000 sq ft or 90 to 120 lbs/acre

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Lawn

Bison is an attractive and environmentally sensitive lawn grass requiring less fertilization, watering, and mowing than other turf grass. Bison can maintain its turf with only 1 to 2 lbs. of nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft. per season. Mowing frequency can be reduced to once or twice in some cases or not at all depending on the height of the lawn desired. Bison will generally require half the water than other turf grasses use once established.

Pasture & Range

Bison buffalograss is an excellent short grass for pasture and range. Bison’s prostrate growth habit and dense sod allows it to withstand heavy grazing. Research data has indicated Bison equals or exceeds Texoka in forage yield and quality, as measured by in vitro digestible dry matter, crude protein, and acid and neutral detergent fibers.

Conservation, Reclamation & Restoration

Bison buffalograss can provide effective erosion control for highway rightof-ways, waterways, etc. Bison can reduce highway maintenance costs as compared to other sod-forming grasses by decreasing or eliminating mowing.

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