Sprangletop, Green

Green Sprangletop (Leptochloa dubia)

Native perennial warm season bunch grass. Provides fair grazing for wildlife, good grazing for livestock. Grows 1-3′ tall, stems with flat base and flat sheaths. The stems are wiry with slightly rough leaves. Large green sprangled panicle is composed of 5-12 spikes. Inflorescence is drooping and pale after maturity. The spikelets are overlapping on short pedicels and 4-8 flowered. Adaptation: Green Sprangletop grows well on rocky sites as well as sandy soils and heavier soils. It is adapted throughout Texas, Southern New Mexico, Southeast Arizona, and Florida. Uses: Good for grazing and erosion control, It is a popular grass among wildlife enthusiasts because of the size of the seed for food and density of forage for habitat. Excellent “nurse” crop for slower establishing perennials. A very palatable grass.

Growth Habit Growth Height Drought Tolerance Cold Tolerance
Bunch 1-3′ Good Good

Min. Rainfall Requirements Planting Time Planting (Drilled) Planting (Broadcast) Planting Depths
18″ . 1-1.5 lbs/acre PLS 3-4 lbs/acre PLS 1/2-3/4″

Growth Habit Growth Height
Bunch 1-3′
Drought Tolerance Cold Tolerance
Good Good

Min. Rainfall Requirements Planting Time
18″ .
Planting (Drilled) Planting (Broadcast)
1-1.5 lbs/acre PLS 3-4 lbs/acre PLS
Planting Depths
1/2-3/4″