Common curlymesquite

Hilaria belangeri



Forms sod with slender, creeping stolons that take root at the leafy nodes. Stems are pale green. The blades are densely tufted and curly. Internodes are alternatively curved. The foliage turns yellow after frost. Stolons are long, wiry, rough, and have hair at the nodes. (Resembles buffalograss, except that buffalograss is smooth.) The single spike-like seed head shows a zig-zag stem when the florets fall.

Common curlymesquite is a perennial, warm-season, native - 4 to 10 inches tall.

Fair grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


Grows on plains, prairies and dry hillsides and withstands heavy grazing but is not drought resistant.