Eastern Gamagrass

Plant Height 3 to 9 FT
Seed Count 7,200 Seeds per Pound
Botanical Name Tripsacum dactyloides
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Wet to Mesic Soils _ Bottomlands-Floodplains
Grazing Value Very Good


Eastern Gamagrass


Eastern Gamagrass is a native, warm season perennial grass that found in much of the central plains and southeastern United States.  This tall stature grass is palatable and very nutritious for livestock.


  • Found in prairies, fertile bottomlands , and stream banks
  • Prefers moist soils
  • Highly productive grass that is preferred by cattle
  • A relative of field corn and is characterized by numerous short, well-developed rhizomes
  • Individual grass clumps can reach a diameter of 4 feet with seed heads growing on culms 3 to 9 feet tall
  • For best results, chill seeds 6-8 weeks prior to planting or dormant seed after November 1st but before frost in the soil
  • Has the potential to provide high-quality forage throughout the summer grazing season
  • Can also be used as a perennial substitute for corn silage
  • Weed control during the establishment phase is critical
  • Can be grazed or harvested as hay or silage
  • An 8 to 10 inch stubble is recommended to ensure optimum regrowth and stand persistence
  • Rotational stocking is desirable if this forage crop is grazed
  • Good food source of food for birds and small mammals


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