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‘Hachita’ Blue Grama Grass

Bouteloua gracilis 'Hachita'

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‘Hachita’ has narrow, blue-green leaves that form dense mounds. In summer, elongated seedheads add visual interest. This tough, drought-tolerant grass thrives in sand or clay soil with full-sun exposure. It needs a setting with good drainage, as it won’t thrive in wet conditions. -Scott Vogt, Native grasses, Fine Gardening issue #124

Noteworthy CharacteristicsPlant ‘Hachita’ with darker perennials behind to show off its interesting seed heads.

CareGrow in well-drained soil in full sun; cannot tolerate wet winters.

PropagationDivide from mid-spring to early summer; sow seed in cold frames in spring.

ProblemsDamping off, rust, head and leaf smuts, tar spot, fungal spots, root rot.

  • Genus : Bouteloua
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : North American Natives
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Foliage Color : Silver/Grey
  • Bloom Time : Summer
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