Kinney False Rhodes Grass is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that grows up to 5’ at maturity. False Rhodes Grass is also commonly known as Two-flower Trichloris It is a common grass in the desert southwest, found in the Rio Grande Plain and Trans Pecos regions of Texas, as well as in southern New Mexico and Arizona, and throughout northern Mexico. False Rhodes Grass grows best on alkaline clays, loams, and sandy loams, and can tolerate weekly saline soils. It is an excellent species for range and wildlife habitat restoration, erosion control, and right-of-way revegetation. It also has an attractive growth form making it useful in landscaping.
Kinney was originally collected near the town of Brackettville in Kinney County. The selection was released by the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center.
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 to sandy loam
Height: 1-2 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Rolling Plains
For more information: Kinney False Rhodes Grass Brochure from USDA NRCS