Bothriocloa barbinodis

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Botanical Name: Bothriocloa barbinodis
Common Name: Blue stem grass

A drought-tolerant perennial grass. Great for southern California. Bluish stems and blue/green leaves bear silky flower clusters in summer and fall. Great for slopes and open spaces.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (warm season)
Height by Width: 2-4' H x 2-3' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Seedhead
Distribution: South Coast, Southern Channel Islands, Western Transverse Range, San Gabriels, Peninsular Range
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes

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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.