EASTERN GRAMAGRASS
(Tripsicum dactiloides)
 
Eastern Gamagrass is a vigorous, long lived, tall native bunchgrass with thick knotty rhizomes. This warm season grass is widely adapted to low lying bottomlands throughout the Eastern and Southern region of the United States. It is highly palatable to all classes of livestock and provides good browse (grazing) and habitat for wildlife populations.
 
Eastern Gamagrass is best adapted to loamy to clay type soils in areas with a minimum rainfall of 25 inches or more. It can tolerate periodic flooding almost, as well as, Alamo Switchgrass but better than most grass species.
Growth begins early spring and continues through the summer. Plants usually grow 3 to 6 feet tall. The blades are approximately ½ - ¾ inch wide and approximately 12-30 inches long. The leaves flatten at the base and are dark green in color. Because of its high risk of being overgrazed it is best managed in pure stands as improved pastures or for hay. If utilized for grazing, rotational grazing should be implemented to maintain stands. This plant has great potential for erosion control and soil stabilization. Seedings should be made on a well-prepared, firm seedbed, free from weeds. A seeding rate of 8-12 pls. Lbs. per acre planted at a depth of 1/4 -3/4 inches deep.
 
(See also, Alamo Switchgrass, it shares many of the same characteristics, but is more affordable and easier to establish.)
 

 

 

General Characteristics

Growth Type

Bunch/
Rhizomitous

Life Span 

Perennial

Growing Season

Warm Season

Native/Introduced

Native

Plant Height

4-8 feet

Cold Tolerance

Good

Drought Tolerance

Good

Salt Tolerance

Poor

Soil Type

Loam- Clay

Minimum Rainfall

25 inches

Planting Rate

8-12 pls#

Planting Date

Dec. - June

Seed Type

Smooth

Uses

Grazing
Wildlife Habitat
Erosion Control
Reclamation

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Planting rates above are for pure stands, if utilized in a blend decrease the seeding rate according to the percentage of the component in the blend.


 
 

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