Bouteloua gracilis ~ Blue Grama
Bouteloua gracilis ~ Blue Grama
Bouteloua gracilis ~ Blue Grama
Bouteloua gracilis ~ Blue Grama

Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis

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Blue Grama is a small tufted  na t ive warm-season  grass common in short grass prairies. The wiry blue-grey leaf blades turn golden brown in fall, and may sometimes gain a red-orange hue.  Small purplish flowers appear on stems in summer.  Blue Grama needs full sun and well-drained soils.  Extremely drought tolerant.  

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Origins:

North to Midwest N. America

Height: 

1’ - 2’ 

Spread: 

1’ - 2’

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 10

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

Summer Fall,  Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance.  Extreme drought may cause browning and temporary dormancy until moisture is available.  Cut to ground in late winter before new shoots appear.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings,  Borders Woodland Gardens Wildlife Gardens Naturalized Areas Native Gardens Rock Gardens Xeriscaping, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Ornamental Onion, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed

IMAGES: Photos by  Matt LavinBouteloua gracilis - blue grama, set (1)+ (2),  (3)  Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova Bouteloua gracilis Butelua 2007-08-11 02 CC BY-SA 4.0

 *As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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