Side oats grama is the official State Grass of Texas. Its wide distribution and value as livestock forage make it an important pasture grass statewide. It also has value as cover for small mammals and birds, and for reclamation. El Reno Sideoats Grama and Haskel Sideoats Grama are two varieties of side oats grama that we sell.
Sideoats is adapted to a broad range of sandy to clayey textured soils; it is least tolerant of loose sands and dense clays. The best stands of side-oats are found on medium to fine texture upland soils. This species has shown varying tolerance to soil salinity from weak to moderate. Side-oats is moderately drought tolerant, but less than blue grama. It is possibly has the widest range of adaptation of any of the warm-season perennial grass plants.