Eastern Gamagrass is a native, warm-season, perennial bunchgrass that grows between 2 to 4 ft. tall. It is a tall, leafy, vigorous, and a high forage producer. It is considered a highly palatable grass relished by livestock which is why it has all but disappeared on Texas rangelands. It is now generally found in low areas or along waterways but historically it was an important component of upland prairies. Minimum rainfall requirement generally 25" and can be found in the eastern two-thirds of Texas all the way east to the Atlantic coast. It has been grown as a monoculture for pasture in areas of high rainfall using intensive grazing rotation. It is mostly used in rangeland mixtures especially in areas where water erosion is a concern. Establishing this grass from seed can sometimes be difficult.
Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 6-10 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep.
Soil: Grows in a variety of soils.
Height: Up to 8 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Texas-wide (in areas with over 25'' annual rainfall)