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Spruce-Top Grama

Bouteloua chondrosioides

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Grass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2 × 1.5
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season August-October
Flower Color Green
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Long and narrow, mostly from the base of the plant
Fruit Inconspicuous.
Longevity
In years
10
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Elevation Range 2500-6000 ft.
Ethnobotany Good desert tortoise forage.
Description A lovely small bunchgrass which grows in a clump, and which can be combined with other native grass and wildflower species for a meadow effect. Like many grasses the fibrous root system is good for erosion control. This species gets a nice purple color to the leaves and inflorescence (flowering head) in the late summer and early fall. Spruce Top grama is only found in the U.S. in the sky island region of the southwest