Types of Meadow Grass

Many types of meadow grasses, which are also called prairie grasses, are native to the United States. You should use meadow grasses that are native to your area or that will grow in your climate. Meadow grasses are easy to grow and are low-maintenance. They help stabilize the soil, and provide food and habitat for wildlife.

Bluestem Grasses

Bluestem grasses (Andropogon species) are large bunch-type grasses native to the Great Plains. They are tolerant of infertile soil and drought, but cannot withstand flooded soil. Bluestem grasses are good for erosion control, and the seeds attract wild birds.

Blue Grama Grasses

Blue grama grasses (Bouteloua species) are also native to the Great Plains. They are bunch-type grasses that tolerate poor soil, and provide wildlife food and soil stabilization.

Buffalo Grass

Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides) is a blue-gray grass native to the middle southern United States. It is drought resistant but does not tolerate sandy soils.

Indian Grass

Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is a bunch-type grass native to the prairies in the central and eastern United States. It tolerates poor soil and moist conditions. It is used for erosion control and wildlife habitat.

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About this Author

Melody Lee worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter and editor for 5 years. In addition, she has edited magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design and is a Florida master gardener. She has more than 25 years of gardening experience, which includes working at nurseries and greenhouses.