Grazing North Texas

Tumble windmillgrass

By Tony Dean

Tumble windmillgrass is a short, compact perennial bunch grass that is adapted to almost every corner of Texas. It can grow on almost any soil but prefers coarse textured soils.

The most obvious characteristic about Tumble windmillgrass is its large seed head sporting 10 to 16 laterally spreading branches, each approximately two to six inches long, arranged in one to three whorls.

When mature, the seed head will break off and be caught up in the wind, making Tumble windmillgrass one of the great wanderers of the plains. It can tumble great distances, spreading itself in the process.

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