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Conservation Plant Releases - James E. "Bud" Smith Plant Materials Center

The James E. "Bud" Smith Plant Materials Center has released the following plants to commercial growers to solve specific resource conservation needs. Click on the link to the Release Brochure (if available) to view more information on each plant release. Click on the Scientific Name for more information on the species.

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Plant Releases

Release Name Scientific Name Common Name Uses Release Brochure
Plains Germplasm Acacia angustissima prairie acacia grazing, range seeding, wildlife habitat, cover crops and critical area plantings Brochure (PDF; 254 KB)
Earl Andropogon gerardii big bluestem range seeding; erosion control plantings; wildlife habitat plantings; and plantings for water quality improvement Brochure (PDF; 299 KB)
Centennial Andropogon hallii sand bluestem rangeland-forage production system, soil stabilization, reclamation of marginal croplands. Brochure (PDF; 452 KB)
Chet Andropogon hallii sand bluestem pasture or hay, rangeland forage, and soil stabilization or reclamation of marginal croplands Brochure (PDF; 288 kb)
Cottle County Germplasm Andropogon hallii sand bluestem range and pasture seedings, wildlife habitat, critical area plantings, buffers, and on sandy soils Brochure (PDF; 244 KB)
Menard Germplasm Aristida purpurea purple threeawn Wildlife plantings, critical site revegetation, highway right-of-ways, erosion control, and rangeland plantings. Brochure (PDF; 73 KB)
Santiago Germplasm Bothriochloa laguroides ssp. torreyana silver beardgrass wildlife habitat improvement, critical site revegetation, roadside plantings, erosion control, and range seeding mixes Brochure (PDF; 231 MB)
Haskell Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama range seeding, pasture, hay land planting, revegetation mined lands turf, erosion control, waterways, wildlife food cover Brochure (PDF; 326 KB)
Premier Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama range seeding, pasture, revegetation, erosion control, waterways, wildlife cover
Comanche Chamaecrista fasciculata partridge pea critical area stabilization, land reclamation, cover crop, beautification Brochure (PDF; 211 KB)
Cuero Germplasm Dalea purpurea var. purpurea purple prairieclover range seeding, revegetation, and wildlife habitat Brochure (PDF; 225 KB)
Sabine Desmanthus illinoensis Illinois bundleflower range, pasture seeding, wildlife food, revegetation, critical area planting Brochure (PDF; 201 KB)
Hondo Germplasm Desmanthus velutinus velvet bundleflower range seeding, wildlife habitat, and erosion control Brochure (PDF; 217 KB)
Angleton Dichanthium aristatum bluestem range seeding
T-587 Dichanthium Old World bluestem range, pasture seeding hay land, stabilization critical area, filter strips
PMT-389 Digitaria californica Arizona cottontop range seeding, critical area planting, wildlife
Eldorado Engelmannia peristenia Engelmann daisy high quality, forage wildlife, livestock, range seedings, revegetation landscape, beautification Brochure (PDF; 261 KB)
Mason Eragrostis trichodes sand lovegrass range seeding, erosion control, wind strips, warm season pasture, wildlife cover Brochure (PDF; 749 KB)
Aztec Helianthus maximiliani Maximilian sunflower wildlife food cover livestock, forage, natural hedge, screen, filter strips, landscape plant, provides color & beautification Brochure (PDF; 287 KB)
Van Horn Leptochloa dubia green sprangletop range seeding, pasture and hay land planting. filler grass, critical area, revegetation mined land Brochure (PDF; 325 KB)
Yellowpuff Leucaena retusa littleleaf lead tree wildlife food, beautification, critical area plantings Brochure (PDF; 258 KB)
Centex Germplasm Melica nitens threeflower melicgrass Recommended for critical area planting, wildife habitat, and inclusion in range plantings and hay and pasture planting. Brochure (PDF; 712 KB)
Selection 75 Panicum coloratum kleingrass pasture, hay land planting, range seeding, critical area wildlife, food and cover Brochure (PDF; 199 KB)
Verde Panicum coloratum kleingrass range seeding, seeding wildlife food and cover
Alamo Panicum virgatum switchgrass range seedings, pasture, hay land, erosion control, shoreline stabilization, revegetation wind strips, wildlife habitat Brochure (PDF; 251 KB)
Kerr Germplasm Pavonia lasiopetala Texas swampmallow range seeding, beautification and low-input native landscaping, wildlife and livestock forage Brochure (PDF; 281 KB)
Llano Pennisetum ciliare buffelgrass range, pasture seeding
Nueces Pennisetum ciliare buffelgrass range, pasture seeding
Shoreline Phragmites australis common reed shoreline stabilization, critical area planting wildlife food and cover
Rainbow Prunus wild plum erosion control, critical area planting, wildlife food, cover landscape, windbreak Brochure (PDF; 490 KB)
Boomer Quercus macrocarpa bur oak windbreaks, landscape plant for urban and recreation areas, wildlife food and shelter Brochure (PDF; 364 KB)
Ahring Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem Wildlife habitat, grazing utilization, roadside stabilization, renewable engery, and horitultural landscapes
OK Select Germplasm Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem range and pasture seedings, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and buffers Brochure (PDF; 183 KB)
Plateau Simsia calva awnless bush sunflower range seeding, wildlife food, landscape Brochure (PDF; 302 KB)
Lometa Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass range seeding mixtures, pasture hay production, wildlife, filter strips, erosion control revegetation, landscape Brochure (PDF; 262 KB)
Saltalk Sporobolus airoides alkali sacaton saline, alkaline soil stabilization, critical area revegetation, range seeding Brochure (PDF; 400 KB)
Potter County Germplasm Sporobolus contractus spike dropseed range seedings, conservation reserve plantings, stabilizing sandy soils with high erosion potential, livestock forage, wildlife food and cover Brochure (PDF; 209 KB)
Borden County Germplasm Sporobolus cryptandrus sand dropseed range seeding, conservation reserve plantings, stabilizing sandy soils, wildlife food and ground nesting cover Brochure (PDF; 215 KB)
Duck Creek Germplasm Sporobolus texanus Texas dropseed range seeding, saline/alkaline soil revegetation, erosion control on moist sites Brochure (PDF; 268 KB)
Guadalupe Germplasm Tridens albescens white tridens Wildife habitat improvement, critical site revegetation, roadside plantings, erosion control, range seeding mixes. Brochure (PDF; 445 KB)
Overton R18 Trifolium hirtum rose clover pasture reseeding, forage
San Marcos Germplasm Tripsacum dactyloides eastern gamagrass pasture and hay plantings, range seeding, wildlife food and cover, conservation buffers, erosion control Brochure (PDF; 267 KB)