Wilman Lovegrass

Wilman Lovegrass is a vigorous, drought-tolerant, perennial bunchgrass native to South Africa. This grass is adapted throughout the Southwestern parts of the United States especially Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Texas and potentially Oklahoma. The most limiting factor associated with this grass in other areas is that it lacks cold tolerance, which limits its area of adaptation. This grass thrives best on medium-textured, deep soils especially sandy, low or depleted organic soils.

This grass is not a Weeping Lovegrass. Wilman Lovegrass has a more desirable forage and does not become coarse and remains vegetative throughout its growth stages to maturity.

Wilman Lovegrass plants produce seed stalks 2 to 4 feet tall with many slender leaves that grow from the base of the plant. The leaves are relatively thin and flat and are approximately 12 to 18 inches long. The seed heads are 8-10 inches long, with individual spikelets somewhat resembling a wafer or elliptical shape. This grass provides quality forage for livestock and good cover for gamebirds.

Wilman Lovegrass is easily established from seed. Its vigorous young seedlings grow quickly. It is suitable to plant for forage production and soil stabilization. It can be planted in seed mixtures with other improved or native grasses, or as a monoculture for hay or grazing. Seed should be planted in the spring of the year in a firm, clean-tilled seedbed. Planting rates of 1.5 – 3 pls pounds per acre plated at a depth of 1/4 inches is adequate for successful planting.

General Characteristics

Growth Type:Bunch
Life Span:Perennial
Growing Season:Warm Season
Plant Height:2-4 feet
Cold Tolerance:Fair
Drought Tolerance:Good
Salt Tolerance:Fair
Soil Type:Widely Adapted
Minimum Rainfall:12 inches
Planting Rate:2-4 pls#
Planting Date:Feb. - June
Seed Type:Smooth
Uses:Grazing, Wildlife Habitat, Erosion Control, Reclamation