Purpletop is a native, perennial, warm season bunchgrass that grows 3-5’ tall. Found in the eastern half of Texas, it is well adapted to shady sites, sandy soils, and infertile soils. Purpletop can be especially common in the Post Oak Savannah and Piney Woods regions. It provides fair forage in the spring and summer, and provides good wildlife cover in late summer and fall. The seeds are eaten by a variety of wildlife species, including quail.
Purpletop is a common native grass that is a useful addition to rangeland and wildlife habitat restoration seed mixes in shady sites and poor soils in Central and East Texas. It is one of the most common native grasses in some years in these areas. It is generally easy to establish from seed.
Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 0.5-1 lb. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 inch.
Soil: Grows in a variety of soils.
Height: 3-6.25 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Blackland Prairies, Cross Timbers and Prairies, Piney Woods, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes
For more information: Purpletop Tridens Plant Fact Sheet from USDA NRCS