Green Sprangletop is a native, perennial, warm-season bunchgrass with fibrous roots. Van Horn is a widely used commercial variety that is well adapted to all regions and soils. Green Sprangletop is a fair forage and cover plant, but it is an excellent erosion control and cover species for native grass restoration plantings. It is typically used in range seed mixes and for erosion control and revegetation.
Van Horn Green Sprangletop was originally collected near Van Horn in Trans Pecos West Texas, and was developed for release by the USDA NRCS Knox City Plant Materials Center. Van Horn is typically the fasted emerging native grass used in Texas, and it is a mainstay of most native grass seed mixes.
Uses: Used chiefly for grazing and erosion control.
Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 3-4 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
Soil: Grows well on rocky, gravelly, and sandy soils; does well in heavier soils when introduced there.
Height: 2-5 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Texas-wide (except East Texas timberlands.) It is adapted as far north as the Texas Panhandle, south into Mexico, and prominent in rangeland north, south and westward from San Antonio to Arizona.
For more information: Van Horn Green Sprangletop Brochure from USDA NRCS