Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass is known for both its improved cold-hardiness and improved drought-resistance. And for good reason. Tahoma 31 was bred from two cold-hardy, drought-resistant plants found in some of the most extreme landscapes on the planet. The Mother Plant was collected on a hike in the mountains on the east side of the Himalayas in China, a region known to be very cold and arid. The Father Plant, a fine textured grass, was collected a world away in South Africa, also known for its cold, dry climate.
Tahoma 31 showed superior drought resistence over four standard cultivars tested, and averaged 18% less water use than Tiftuf and 56% less water than Tifway 419
Tahoma 31 was bred with improved drought resistance in mind, says OSU's Dr. Wu. "That's the major target that we were assigned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This special grass has deep roots and requires a reduced amount of water to maintain healthy growth."