Catarina Bristlegrass is a blend of native, warm season perennial bunchgrasses that grow 3-5’ in height. This blend is widely adapted to most soil types except very sand soils in South Texas and adjacent regions. Plains and streambank bristlegrasses are included in the blend, both of which provide good forage for livestock and excellent cover and seed production for wildlife. Quail, doves, and turkeys all relish the seed of bristlegrasses. Catarina is a major component of range, wildlife, and reclamation seed mixes planted in the southern third of Texas.
Components of Catarina Bristlegrass originate from native plants collected in Webb, Karnes, Bexar, and Willacy Counties of Texas. The selection was developed by the USDA NRCS E. “Kika” de la Garza Plant Materials Center in collaboration with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Texas Native Seeds Program. Typically slow to establish from seed because of a high degree of seed dormancy, Catarina should be ideally be planted as part of a diverse mix of other native grasses and forbs. It can have utility as a component of perennial food plot planting for wildlife.
Planting: Plant in early spring (can be planted in the fall in areas with few cool-season weeds) at a rate of 2 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep.
Soil: clay to clay loam soils.
Height: 1-4 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Rolling Plains
For more information: Catarina Blend Bristlegrass Brochure from USDA NRCS