Blue grama Bouteloua gracilis http://www.provenwinners.comPhoto/Illustration: Courtesy of www.provenwinners.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) boo-tel-LOO-ah grah-SIL-iss Synonyms: B. oligostachya Genus: Bouteloua Blue grama is a perennial grass from the Americas bearing unusually bent and flattened inflorescences. Being native to open grasslands, they are drought tolerant and at home in meadows. They provide the garden with shades of tan that persist throughout winter. Noteworthy Characteristics: Fancifully bent, brownish-purple seed heads perch atop wiry stems and fine foliage. Suitable for specimen planting or in mixed borders Care: Grow in light, well-drained soil in full sun; cannot tolerate wet winters. Propagation: Divide from mid-spring to early summer; sow seed in cold frames in spring. Problems: Damping off, rust, head and leaf smuts, tar spot, fungal spots, root rot. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 6 in. to 12 in. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Shade Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Song Birds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads Bloom Time Summer Flower Color Brown, Purple Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers Style Meadow Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant Type Grasses Bouteloua gracilisView the discussion thread.