Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Sideoats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Glade, Prairie
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone: 4
Hardy To Zone: 7

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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
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

12 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Many types of birds eat the seeds and small mammals feed on the seedheads and foliage. Mass in meadows, prairies, slopes, native plant gardens or naturalized areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun and dry, well-drained soil. Commonly found in tall- and mixed grass prairies and glades. The fibrous roots are well adapted to dry conditions.
Special Features
Special Usage
Dried Flower, Ground Cover
Basic Description

Small reddish orange flowers dangle anthers along one side of slender stems. Narrow leaves form small clumps and turn gold in autumn. Very drought tolerant.

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