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Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Grass
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2 × 2
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season July-October
Flower Color Green
Minimum Temperature Range -40 °F
Leaf Description Very long and narrow, forming a rosette at the base of the stem
Fruit Inconspicuous.
Longevity
In years
8
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Elevation Range 4000-8000 ft.
Ethnobotany Roots chewed and blown on cuts; taken as a postpartum medicine; seeds were ground and used to make mush and flour; stems were used to make combs, brooms, and baskets; used as animal fodder; also used ceremonially.
Description Blue grama is recognizable because of its gracefully curved, eyelash-like flowering and fruiting stalk. This stout, full, clumping bunchgrass will perform well in full sun or light shade, and is tolerant of a variety of soil types, though it will want regular irrigation in lower elevation gardens. A great plant to mix with other grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. This species has been investigated as a potential turf grass alternative.