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Bouteloua gracilis

Blue Grama

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Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama)

Blue Grama is a clump-forming native grass which is typically found in dry soils on upland prairies and along railroad tracks. It is an important component of the short grass prairies of the Great Plains. A diminutive species of grass which features narrow leaf blades and unique flower spikes which are attached at right angles to the stems and resemble mosquito larvae. Flowers bloom reddish purple in summer on stems rising above the foliage to 20" tall. At frost, foliage turns purplish then tan.

Additional Information:


Height
9-24 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-10

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), Narrow Leaf Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds