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Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis

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Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) at Rainbow Gardens

Blue Grama flowers

Blue Grama flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  15 inches

Flower Height:  20 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Mosquito Grass

Description:

A tufted, native grass producing horizontal, eyelash-like, reddish-purple flowers that give way to tan seed heads that persist through winter; blue-green foliage turns hues of golden brown in fall; use as a border accent or groundcover

Ornamental Features

Blue Grama features airy spikes of purple flowers with red overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive grassy leaves are bluish-green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns gorgeous shades of gold, brown and orange in the fall. The tan seed heads are carried on showy spikes displayed in abundance from late summer to mid winter.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Grama is an herbaceous perennial grass with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Blue Grama is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Blue Grama will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.