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Bouteloua gracilis

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Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis

Botanical Name: Bouteloua gracilis
Common Name: Blue Grama Grass

An ornamental grass for perennial borders, meadows, or in containers. Excellent drought tolerant lawn substitute. Seed heads resemble small flags with an eyelash shape. Recommended for erosion control.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (warm season)
Height by Width: 6in -1' H x 6in -1' W
Growth Habit: Low, clumping and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Produces seed head
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: San Bernardino Mountains, Eastern Desert Mountains (Ivanpah, New York, and Clark Mtns.)
Natural Habitat: Sandy to rocky slopes, flats, drainages, scrub, woodland, pine forests below 7000'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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