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Side-Oats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Grass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
3 × 3
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season June-November
Flower Color Green
Minimum Temperature Range -30 °F
Leaf Description Long and narrow, arising from a tuft
Fruit Inconspicuous.
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Elevation Range 2500-7000 ft.
Ethnobotany Tewa, Zuni and Hopi made tools such as brooms and brushes out of the stems; Hopi used the fibers for basketry; used medicinally and ceremonially by the Ramah Navajo; seeds used to make porridge and bread, and even as a cash crop by the White Mountain Apache.
Description One of the most distinct and iconic North American grasses, this widespread species is a great starter plant for those new to utilizing grass-like plants in the landscape. Side-oats Grama is a short to medium height bunchgrass grows in a clump, with a tall, erect inflorescence (flower- and fruiting head) with all of the individual fruits typically hanging from one side. A great plant to mix with other grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. This plant can be grown in gardens throughout Arizona, though it will require more water in lower elevation landscapes.