Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama)
Blue grama is a short native grass that produces attractive seedheads. It makes an excellent lawn substitute in sunny areas. It is often planted with buffalograss to create a sustainable alternative to turf grasses. It can also be planted alongside wildflowers to create a prairie landscape. It reaches about one foot tall when in full flower. Blue grama turns tan when dormant.
Blue grama can be used as turf, in a prairie or meadow landscape, or as an accent in a perennial garden.
AT A GLANCE
|Water use||Low, medium|
|Sun exposure||Full sun|
|Bloom time||Summer, fall|
|Mature height||3-6" without blooms,12-14" with blooms|
|Host plant||Skipper butterflies|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|