Chaparral hairy grama is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that grows to about 1’ in height. It performs well on all soil types on well drained sites in south, central, and west Texas. Hairy grama is a fair to good forage and it provides good cover for wildlife. Chaparral is an excellent species for inclusion in range and wildlife habitat restoration seedings, and for erosion control and revegetation on energy and transporation rights-of-way.
Hairy grama is a common and important grass of Texas rangelands from the Blackland Prairies west to the Trans Pecos. Chaparral was developed by the Texas Native Seeds Program in collaboration with the USDA NRCS E. “Kika” de la Garza Plant Materials Center. Douglass King Seed Company is a licensed producer of Chaparral Hairy Grama.
Planting: Plant in spring to early fall at a rate of 2 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at a maximum depth of 1/8 inch.
Soil: Sand, sandy loam, clay, and clay loam
Height: 1-2.5 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Coastal Sand Plains
For more information: Chaparral Hairy Grama Brochure from USDA NRCS