Bouteloua gracilis (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass)


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1 Gallon Pot. Native. Bouteloua gracilis, commonly called blue grama or mosquito grass, is a tufted, warm season, Missouri native grass noted for its distinctive arrangement of mosquito larvae-like seed spikes which hang from only one side of its flowering stems. It is native to prairies, plains, open rocky woodlands and along railroad tracks throughout the Western U.S. It was a dominant grass of the dry shortgrass prairies. Narrow, bluish-gray leaf blades (to 1/4” wide) typically form a dense clump growing 12-15″ tall. Foliage turns golden brown in autumn, sometimes also developing interesting hues of orange and red. Inflorescences of purplish-tinged flowers appear on arching stems above the foliage in early to mid summer, typically bringing the total height of the clump to 20″ tall.

Common Name: blue grama
Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Zone: 3 to 10
Height: 0.75 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Chartreuse
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Good Dried
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution