Grazing North Texas

By Tony Dean

It’s easy for us to take for granted the multiple forbs that are growing throughout our North Texas grazing lands. They play an important part in the health of our soils and of our livestock, and we should be aware of how they fit in our grazing environment.

Winecup is one of the forbs that many of us can recognize. There are both annual and perennial species, and there are four of these that grow in North Texas. Of significant numbers in our area is Trailing winecup, which is a perennial.

This low-growing plant originates from a turnip-shaped root and has vine-like hairy stems that grow both spreading, and sometimes weakly ascending, up to two feet long. It can grow in a variety of soils, but needs a well-drained site and can grow in full sun to partial shade.

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