Falfurrias Big Sacaton

The Falfurrias Big Sacaton was originally collected near the town of Falfurrias in Brooks County. It is tolerant of highly alkaline-saline soils and poorly drained areas, making it an excellent species for restoration, erosion control, and use as a vegetative barrier. It also provides cover for wildlife. It is a coarse, upright bunchgrass that can grow from 3 to 8 feet tall. Leaves width can range from 1 to 2 1/2 inches wide and can grow up to 1 foot long. The pale flowers of big sacaton form in stiff, upright clusters 1 to 2 feet long.

Used for restoration of saline soils and as erosion control and vegetative barrier.

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Description

Falfurrias Big Sacaton is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that grows 3-8’ tall.  It is tolerant of highly alkaline-saline soils and poorly drained areas along riparian corridors, making it an excellent species for restoration, erosion control, and use as a vegetative barrier.  Big sacaton is naturally found throughout the Rio Grande Plain, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes and the Trans Pecos region of Texas.  It has fair grazing value to cattle prior to maturity, provides excellent wildlife cover, and has copious seed production. 

Falfurrias Big Sacaton was originally collected near the town of Falfurrias in Brooks County of South Texas. This release was developed for use in restoration of saline soils and for erosion control and vegetative barriers. It was developed and released by the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center in 1998.

Planting: Plant in early spring (can be planted in the fall in areas with few cool-season weeds) at a rate of 1 lb. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep.

Soil: Can tolerate highly saline or alkaline soils and poorly drained areas

Height: 3-8 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Rolling Plains

For more information: Falfurrias Big Sacaton Brochure by USDA NRCS

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

>5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys