Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota
Grass (Native Species)
Distribution: central and southwestern
Habitat: mixed grass and shortgrass prairies, medium to
fine textured soils
Description: Warm-season, perennial shortgrass. Spikes
are differentiated into to male and female. Female plants produce
seed burrs on short stem, directly above a few leaves. Male plants
have spikes that look like miniature seed heads of blue grama
(small combs on one side of the stem).
Height: females: a few inches, males: <6 inches
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Buffalograss is
often used for erosion control because of its sod-like qualities.
It spreads by stolons which creep across the ground spreading
new roots systems.
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