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SLECTION 75 VERDE
KLEINGRASS
(Panicum coloratum)
Kleingrass is an introduced perennial, warm-season, bunchgrass that occurs mostly in the southwestern part of the United States,especially through the south and the Edwards Plateau region of Texas. The grass grows well on a variety of soil types, has good drought tolerance, however, cold tolerance limits its use in northern area.
Kleingrass can reach heights of 2-4 feet tall under favorable soil and moisture conditions. Leaf blades are about 12 inches long and approximately 3/8 inch wide.
Growth starts in early spring and continues throughout the summer. The abundant, leafy forage is palatable to cattle, however, it's toxic to sheep and horses. The forage makes good, quality hay if mowed before the stemy seed heads have formed.
Successful plantings of Kleingrass have been made on many soil types. The species may be seeded alone or in mixture with other adapted grasses. It has been planted primarily in fallow cropland for permanent pasture or hay meadows. The seed provides a good food source for game birds and the foliage provides cover and shelter for small game birds such as quail and dove.
Seedlings should be made on a well-prepared, firm seedbed free from weeds. Seeding rates of 2-4 pure live seed pounds per acre have given excellent results. Full protection during the period of establishment is necessary; weeds should be mowed to lessen the competition for water and nutrients.

Kleingrass seeds

 

General Characteristics

Growth Type

Bunch

Life Span 

Perennial

Growing Season

Warm Season

Native/Introduced

Introduced

Plant Height

2-4 Feet

Cold Tolerence

Good

Drought Tolerence

Good

Salt Tolerance

Fair

Soil Type

Loam- Clay

Minimum Rainfall

12 inches

Planting Rate

2-4 pls#

Planting Date

February- 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.


SELECTION 75
Selection 75 Kleingrass was the first kleingrass released by the Texas Experiment Station in 1968. It has been one of the most widely planted cattle forages throughout South and Central Texas.


 

VERDE

Similar to Selection 75 Kleingrass in appearance, Verde produces a larger, heavier seed which makes this species especially attractive for game birds in wildlife management programs. The larger seed also enables better seeding and establishment. Forage production seems to be slightly higher than Selection 75.

kleingrass planting map

 

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