Sorghum Almum

Sorghum Almum (Sorghum almum)

Introduced warm season annual bunchgrass. Grows 3-8′ tall with stems growing from extensively creeping rhizomes. The blades are flat, blue-green and often splotched with purple caused by a bacterial disease. The panicles are large, open with branchlets mostly in whorls of four. Grows in fields and waste places. Under certain growth conditions produces, prussic acid which is poisonous to livestock. Very similar to Johnsongrass. Though Sorghum Almum is a true annual, this plant tends to comeback from year to year from seed, thus it is considered a re-seeding annual. Adaptation: Widely adapted, grows best on heavier soils but performs moderately well on fine sandy loams. Responds well to fertility. Uses: Excellent for wildlife, good grazing for livestock. Used for hay, grazing and erosion control. Provides good cover and the seed is an excellent food source for dove and quail.

Growth Habit Growth Height Drought Tolerance Cold Tolerance
Bunch/RH 3-8′ Fair Fair

Min. Rainfall Requirements Planting Time Planting (Drilled) Planting (Broadcast) Planting Depths
18″ . 4-6 lbs/acre 10-20 lbs/acre 1/2-3/4″

Growth Habit Growth Height
Bunch/RH 3-8′
Drought Tolerance Cold Tolerance
Fair Fair

Min. Rainfall Requirements Planting Time
18″ .
Planting (Drilled) Planting (Broadcast)
4-6 lbs/acre 10-20 lbs/acre
Planting Depths
1/2-3/4″