Green Sprangletop, Van Horn

(Leptochloa dubia)


Green Sprangletop, Van Horn is an erect perennial bunchgrass growing from 61 to 107 cm (24 to 42 in.) in height. The leaves, while not abundant, are wide, generally flat and fairly long. This grass is not considered long-lived, but under favorable conditions maintains itself well by reseeding. It is widely distributed throughout the southern desert, but its occurrence is confined to rocky, gravelly and broken terrain. It is never a dominant portion of the composition. It affords good grazing to all classes of livestock and is especially relished while green and succulent.

Green Sprangletop can be used in range seeding mixtures in southern New Mexico, but mainly on shallow, rocky sites. It establishes quickly and provides some soil cover and protection to other species that are slower in establishing themselves.

Drill or broadcast seed 1.3 to 1.9 cm (½ to ¾ in.) deep. Planting dates are just before, or very early, during the two-month period most favorable for rapid germination; usually June 15 – July 15 in southern Arizona and New Mexico. Sprangletop responds well to irrigation.




4.5 to 6.7 kg PLS/hectare
4 to 6 lbs. PLS/acre



538,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)


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