Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Plants of the Southwest

Bouteloua gracilis

Blue Grama

This warm season grass, native to the High Plains, is a wonderful alternative lawn - the most drought tolerant lawn grass we offer. It is a low-growing bunch grass, (1-1 1/2 ft. with the seed heads) that is part sod-forming and can be grown as a tight turf. The blades are thin, so the texture of this grass is very fine. Easy to establish, cold hardy, pest and disease free, tolerant of poor soil. The seed is borne in flags that curl back gracefully when dry. You can leave it unmowed or mow 2 or 3 times a season. We use this grass more than any other in our landscaping. Blue Grama is adaptable and useful throughout the arid West. Fills out well in one season. Sow anytime up to 2 months before the first fall frost. Seeding rate for a lawn: 3-4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. Reclamation: 30 lbs. per acre. Zones 3-7.

    Zones, Sun & Water Needs: 34567


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