- Side Oats Grama
Side oats grama is found in the mixed grass prairie. It is one of the
most drought tolerant of the grasses. The main features are the distinctive
inflorescence and the bright fall color. We will often suggest both
Bouteloua gracilis (Blue grama) and Bouteloua curtipendula
as an interesting choice for difficult areas.
This grass is often over-looked for a specimen, however the unique
flowers serve as a striking focal point in a small garden. No need to
worry about its sod-forming nature as it spreads at a very slow rate.
The Latin word curtipendula means "hanging down somewhat".
Description: warm season; sod forming (slow spreader)
Foliage light green; medium blade width; 40-80 cm (16-32")
Flowers - June-Aug; 60-100 cm (24-40")
Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; can grow
in a wide range of soil types; tolerates alkaline soil; extremely drought
Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further
info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: June to October
Native to: dry open grasslands of central North America
and south to Argentina
Recommended spacing between plants: 40-75 cm (16-30")
why such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 1 (water to root depth once
a month); further info
Pronunciation: Bouteloua (boo-tuh-LOO-ah) curtipendula
Sizes available: gallon-sized field clump;
4" pot-sized field clump
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