Multiflower false Rhodes grass is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that reaches 5’ or more at maturity. It is found throughout the southern third of Texas in the South Texas Brush Country, Sand Sheet, Lower Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, extreme eastern portion of the Trans Pecos, and extreme southern part of the Edwards Plateau. It is well adapted to most soil types in these areas ranging from sand and sandy loams to heavy alkaline/saline clays. Multiflower false Rhodes grass was historically a dominant native grass species of rangelands and prairies in South Texas. It produces abundant forage, rivaling production of introduced forage grasses such as Kleingrass and buffelgrass. It also provides outstanding wildlife cover. It is recommended for use in range restoration, upland wildlife plantings, forage plantings, and for diversifying monotypic stands of invasive grasses.
Hidalgo Multiflower False Rhodes grass is a blend of 6 populations collected in Jim Wells, Webb, Medina, Jim Hogg, Wilson, and Hidalgo counties. The release was developed by the Texas Native Seeds Program and the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center. It is a prolific seed and forage producer and has good competitive ability with non-native grasses. Hidalgo can produce impressive stands when planted following brush control. This grass is typically not winter hardy north of a line from Del Rio to San Antonio to Houston.
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: Sandy loam, clay loam, sandy clay loam, and clay
Height: 4-5 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Rio Grande Plains
For more information: Hidalgo Multiflower False Rhodes Grass Brochure from USDA NRCS