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Bouteloua gracilis

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Bouteloua gracilis

Blue Grama

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Curious-looking seed heads dance and shimmer in the summer sun.

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  • Singular Bobbing Seedhead
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Lawn Alternative
  • Flowerbed Accent

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Plant Description and Details

Graceful and petite, Blue Grama is a fascinating texture in the native landscape. It could star as an accent in a flowerbed or naturalized meadow setting. Its unique seed heads are held horizontally from the stem. They look a bit like bushy eyebrows,and wave in the breeze. Left to itself, the original plant bunch will spread to form a thick patch. Thus it makes a good low-water lawn alternative. Performs nicely paired with Buffalo Grass (Buchloe dactyloides) for a low-water, low-maintenance turf.

Common Names Blue Grama
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Plains, foothills, open woodlands, across western and central U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Flowerbeds, meadows, lawn alternative.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 10 in.
Group Spacing 5-10"
Blossom Color Horizontal Seed Head
Blooms Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips For lawn turf, mow occasionally to 4-6".
Wildlife Mammals
Wildlife Notes Major range grass for animals of the prairies and Great Plains.
Plants Symbol BOGR2
Family Name Poaceae
Lewis & Clark No
 

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