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Prairie Sandreed
Calamovilfa longifolia

Native of the Great Plains and adjacent areas.  Coarse, stemmy, warm-season, open sod-former.

Leaves pale green to straw colored. Coarsely fibrous root system with rhizomes and effective at sand binding.

Preferences Prefers sandy textured soils in overflow, silty and limey upland range sites.  Strong drought resistance and may replace bluestems in some areas during prolonged drought.

Good cold tolerance but intolerant of high water tables and early spring flooding.  Fire tolerant when dormant.

Uses Used for stabilization, grazing and hay.  Can establish seed by seed-hay method for stabilizing sandy lands, including "blowouts" and sand dunes.  

Restrict grazing and manage by moderate, continuous or rotation grazing to maintain cover year long.  Herbicides may be used for weed control in new stands.

Planting Drill or broadcast seed 1" deep in sandy soils and shallower in medium- textured soils.

Restrict all grazing until plants are well established and rooted.