Botanical Name: Bouteloua curtipendula
 Common Name: Sideoats Grama
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Grass

 

Height Range

1-3'

 

Flower Color

Green

 

Flower Season

Summer, Fall

 

Leaf Color

Blue Green

 

Bark Color

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

Full

 

Water

Low

 

Growth Rate

Fast

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Allergenic

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden

 

Accenting Features

Showy Flowers

 

Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall

 

Location Uses

Perennial Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces

 

Attracts Wildlife

Birds

Information by: Kathleen Moore

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Bunchgrass that grows quickly to 2' x 1-1/2'. Extremely cold hardy. Accepts full sun. Flower spikes appear in summer and last through fall. Tall flower spikes start out green and dry to tan. After flowering, seeds appear on one side of spike. Seeds are relished by birds. Blue green leaves, dry to tan in the fall. Prune early spring for clean regrowth.
Frost tolerant to 0 F. Try Aristida purpurea, especially for naturalistic landscapes.