Welder Shortspike Windmillgrass

Welder Shortspike Windmillgrass is naturally occurring hybrid between the native grasses Chloris cucullata and Chloris verticillata. It is a perennial grass which produces seed and also spreads vegetatively by stolons. The mature foliage height ranges from 1 to 3 feet tall. It may produce seed heads from May to October, but most of the seed is produced in September and October.

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Description

Welder Shortspike Windmillgrass is naturally occurring hybrid between hooded and tumble windmillgrasses. It is a native, perennial bunch- or sod-grass which produces seed and also spreads vegetatively by stolons. The mature foliage height ranges from 1-3’ tall. Welder is a fair to good forage, and it provides excellent erosion control and soil stabilization qualities on a wide range of soil types.  These characteristics make it a common component of range and reclamation seed mixes throughout the state. 

Welder Shortspike Windmillgrass was developed and released by the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center and the Texas Native Seeds Program. Welder is a fast establishing and quick growing native grass.

Planting Rate: 1 lb pure live seed (PLS) per acre

For more information: Welder Shortspike Windmillgrass Brochure from USDA NRCS

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

1-3'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys