Blue Grama

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Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis
6

18 inches
12

18 inches
Plains and prairies of western North America, from Canada to Mexico.
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low

About This Plant

Sun. Blue grama is a bunchgrass with thin leaves and a plush texture; it tends to grow in clumps. The large seedheads are suspended horizontally from the stems; these may rise up to a foot for an attractive display, especially in autumn. Fully grown blue grama is even more drought-tolerant than buffalograss. It’s often mixed with buffalograss and other prairie grasses in native turf seed mixes like Thunderturf and Habiturf. It can also be used on its own as an accent in perennial borders.

Maintenance

Watering once a month is generally sufficient in summer. It can be mowed once or twice a year at the highest setting — 4 inches minimum — but mowing frequently will tend to weaken it and allow other grasses to invade.

Features

Plant Type:
Grasses, Groundcover
Size:
6-18" H, 12-18" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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