As a followup to yesterday’s post on bufflegrass, which is ravaging the Sonoran desert, I checked in with my buffelgrass expert on the question I posed about whether bufflegrass has made its way into New Mexico.
The answer is that it is not cold-tolerant, so we haven’t seen it here much. But a group of researchers at Texas A&M and elsewhere have developed “frio”, a cultivar of buffelgrass that is more cold tolerant:
(I)t has more winter hardiness than any commercially available cultivars and will expand the area where buffelgrass can be grown in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico and will reduce the risk of damage from cold weather in areas where buffelgrass is presently grown.
The question of whether this is a good idea is left as an exercise for the reader.