Bouteloua curtipendula - Side-oats Grama
Side-oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) is a warm-season grass with small oat-like spikelets that uniformly line one side of the stem. The grass blooms small reddish orange flowers and bleach to a tan color in the fall. This medium-tall grass mixes well in landscapes with spring wildflowers as it stays short in the spring. Native Americans used bundled dried Side-oats Grama stems for brooms and brushes.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 1' - 3'
Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9
Bloom Color: Green, Reddish Orange
Bloom Time: August, September
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
BOUTELOUA (GRAMA GRASS):
Grama grass is mostly native to North America with its center of diversity in Mexico, and has about 40 different species. They are mainly important forage grasses, but several species are grown for their ornamental qualities. The two most important species are Bouteloua curtipendula (Side-oats Grama) and Bouteloua gracilis (Blue grama) which played a major role in the native North American shortgrass prairie that once covered the drier portions of the Great Plains.
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