Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Blue Grama Grass

Bouteloua gracilis
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green, Yellow
Fall Color: Brown, Gold, Orange
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

8 to
24
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 8 to
24
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 8 to
24
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Dry, well drained locations in full sun.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Dry soil and full sun is best, can be mown to form a lawn substitute (can also self seed). Tolerant of black walnut and air pollution.
Special Features
Special Usage
Dried Flower, Ground Cover
Basic Description

Attractive small clump-forming perennial grass with unique, showy flowers. Fine, blue-gray foliage turns a nice golden brown with orange-red hues in fall.

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