Grazing North Texas – Meadow Dropseed

Meadow dropseed plant. (Photo by Tony Dean)

By Tony Dean 

Meadow dropseed is a native perennial bunch grass that matures into large dense plants that can reach one to two feet in diameter. The leaves are flat and narrow and can grow up to 24” long. These long slender leaves fold inward as they grow, giving the plants a flowing appearance when mature.

The seedhead is a very narrow panicle from three to eight inches long and is often enclosed in the sheath. Having almost an ornamental appearance, Meadow dropseed is interesting to observe, but it is not very high on the list of desirable grazing plants. It provides poor to fair grazing for all classes of livestock and for deer.

One can readily see why Meadow dropseed is not a preferred grazing species by simply grabbing a small handful of the mature leaves. Give the leaves a tug with your hands and you will find they are almost impossible to break.

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Meadow dropseed monoculture. (Photo by Tony Dean)