Van Horn Green Sprangletop

Green Sprangletop is a native, perennial, warm-season bunchgrass with fibrous roots. Van Horn green sprangletop was originally collected near Van Horn in Trans Pecos West Texas. It quickly establishes ground cover and provides quality forage for livestock. It also provides cover for ground nesting birds and can be used for reclamation.

Good forage for livestock, fair forage for wildlife, and establishes ground cover quickly.

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Description

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

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

3-5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys

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