Blue grama

Bouteloua gracilis

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Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
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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 gracilis