Lavaca Canada Wildrye is a native, cool season perennial bunchgrass that grows up to 5’ tall. It is adapted for use throughout Texas on most soil types. It is good cool season forage for livestock and deer, and provides nesting cover for fawns. Typical uses include in range and wildlife habitat restoration seed mixes and for cool season erosion control plantings.
Lavaca was originally collected in Lavaca County, Texas and was developed for release by the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center. Its ability to produce cool season forage, good shade tolerance, and value as cover and feed for deer and birds makes it a multi-use range grass.
Planting: Plant in early fall at a minimum rate of 10 pounds pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep on clay soils and up to 1 inch deep on coarse textured soils.
Soil: Grows along fence rows, wooded borders, and in moist sandy and sandy loam soils in floodplains
Type: Cool Season Perennial
Region: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Praries and Marshes, Rolling Plains, Edwards Plateau, Pineywoods
For more information: Lavaca Canada Wildrye Brochure from USDA NRCS