Kenedy Big Bluestem

Kenedy Big bluestem originates from the Kenedy County area. It is useful as a pasture and hay grass, wildlife forage and cover, and restoration and erosion control. It is adapted to use in well-drained soils with low fertility characteristics, such as prairies.

High quality pasture forage for livestock and deer. Provides cover for ground nesting birds.

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Description

Kenedy Big bluestem is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that can reach 10’ in height. This selection is best adapted to loamy, sand, sandy loam, loamy sand soils in the South Texas Sand Sheet, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes and southern portions of the Post Oak Savannah and Blackland Prairie.  Big bluestem is preferred livestock forage, although it is intolerant of continuous heavy grazing.  It provides excellent wildlife cover. It is useful as a pasture and hay grass, for wildlife cover, and restoration and erosion control. It is adapted to use in well-drained soils such as sandy prairies, in Live Oak Mottes, and Coastal Prairies.

Kenedy big bluestem was developed and informally released by the Texas Native Seeds Program and USDA NRCS South Texas Plant Materials Center from seed collected from remnant Tallgrass Prairies in the South Texas Sand Sheet. Typically slow to establish when planted from seed, it is best planted as part of a mix of other adapted native species.  Big bluestem is one of the “big 4” grasses of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem of North America and was historically much more common in Texas than it is today.

Planting: Plant in early spring at a rate of 7 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.

Soil: Best suited to moist sandy or clay loam soils.

Height: 6-8 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Texas-wide

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

>5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys