Bouteloua gracilis - Blue grama

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Native landscape plug, perennial warm season grass in the Poaceae family.

Can be used for a lawn replacement.

Height: 1-2 ft

Spread: 1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:  3-10

Bloom Color: red, reddish purple

Exposure:  Full sun

Attributes:  Drought tolerant, prairie restoration or meadow, erosion control

Flowering Months: By mid-summer, upright culms sport 1-3 unique straight or slightly curved greenish or purple tinged flower spikes.  The spikes are horizontal in relationship to the ground.  

Each spike is about 2” long and is densely packed with 40-130 spikelets arranged in two rows in a comb-like configuration. This unusual form reminds some of eyelashes or a fine toothed comb.

After flowering tan seed spikes appear and persist into the winter.

Attracts Wildlife:  songbirds

Foliage Color:  Leaves are light blue-green and linear with average 4” length and 1/8” width. The erect foliage forms a dense clump. Blades turn golden in autumn sometimes with earthy orange or red highlights.

Soil Preference:  dry to medium moisture