Sand Lovegrass

Sand lovegrass — sometimes referred to as tall lovegrass — is a native, warm-season, perennial bunch grass that is palatable and preferred by grazing livestock in the central and southern Great Plains. It begins growth as much as two weeks earlier than other warm-season grasses and remains green into the fall. It is included in range reseeding mixtures to provide quick cover.

It is used for wildlife forage and hay for livestock.

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Description

Sand lovegrass — sometimes referred to as tall lovegrass — is a native, warm-season, perennial bunchgrass that grows 3-5’ in height.  It is common on sandy rangelands in North, Central, and East Texas.  Sand lovegrass is very palatable to and preferred by grazing livestock in the central and southern Great Plains.  It provides good cover for wildlife, including nesting cover to quail. It begins growth as much as two weeks earlier than other warm-season grasses and remains green into the fall. It is included in range reseeding mixtures and right-of-way revegetation plantings on sandy rangelands.

Sand lovegrass is somewhat slow to establish in most range plantings, and will not tolerate close, continuous grazing.  Three varieties of the plant have been released by the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program. Mason Sand Lovegrass is that best adapted for use in Texas.

Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 1.5-2 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre.

Soil: Deep sands and sandy loam

Height: 2.5-5 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Central United States

For more information: Sand Lovegrass Plant Guide from USDA NRCS

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

3-5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys