Grama grasses Bouteloua spp.


Bouteloua curtipendula
Bouteloua gracilis
General Information
Plant Form Turfgrass Plant Size 1' to 3' x 1'
Plant Type Perennial Water Usage Medium
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade
Physical Description Fine-leafed clumping grasses with ornamental seed heads for use as accents or as native meadow turfgrass. May spread weakly by rhizomes.
Care and Maintenance With the exception of Blue grama, should not be mowed or sheared more than once or twice a year.
Gardener's notes Sow B. gracilis (Blue grama) with Buffalograss to create a soft, billowy lawn that can be periodically, but not frequently, mowed. Blue, Black grama (B. eriopoda), and Sideoats grama (B. curtipendula) are useful for native meadows or as naturalizing accents. They are among several gramas native to the Southwest.