Bouteloua gracilis

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Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis
Bouteloua gracilis

Botanical Name: Bouteloua gracilis
Common Name: Blue Grama Grass

UC Davis Arboretum All-Star plant! This drought-tolerant grass is an excellent substitute for thirsty lawns. Also makes a great ornamental grass for perennial borders, meadows, or in containers. Seed heads resemble small flags with an eyelash shape. Recommended for erosion control.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass (warm season)
Height by Width: 6in -1' H x 6in -1' W
Growth Habit: Low, clumping and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Produces seed head
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: San Bernardino Mountains, Eastern Desert Mountains (Ivanpah, New York, and Clark Mtns.)
Natural Habitat: Sandy to rocky slopes, flats, drainages, scrub, woodland, pine forests below 7000'

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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.