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Bouteloua gracilis

Blue Grama

It’s no surprise that the specific epithet of Bouteloua gracilis means “graceful” – ­­the gentle sway of peculiar-looking seedheads in a warm summer breeze certainly brings a sense of grace to the garden. Highly tolerant of nutrient-poor, dry soils and drought once established, Blue Gramma grass is naturally adapted to prairie conditions and can be found growing throughout the Great Plains of North America. Bouteloua gracilis is a warm-season native grass that explodes with color in autumn, following the arrival of the bronzy purple eyebrow-shaped inflorescences between June and August. These inflorescences, which are situated to one side of the stem, persist throughout autumn and often into winter, changing from a warm purply overtone to a sandy-colored seedhead appearance that is perfect for adding to dried arrangements. Blue Gramma grass can be used as a lawn alternative, and is capable of handling some light foot traffic as well as occasional mowing.

Height

14 Inches

Spread

20 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone

3
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Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower
Erosion Control
Fall Color - Attractive
Green Roof Plants
Lawn Alternative
Native
Native - Straight Species
Self-Seeds
Winter Interest
Seedheads
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Sandy
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Food Source for Wildlife
Tolerance
Black Walnut Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Foot Traffic Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
Grass Season
Warm Season
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