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Bouteloua curtipendula

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Plant types and subtypes: Ground Covers, Grasses, Prairie Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: red, crimson, purple

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, clumping, colonizing, drought tolerant, fall interest, mat-forming, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)
  • Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)
  • Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)
  • Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)

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Description

Bouteloua curtipendula

Also known as:

sideoats grama

,

sideoats grass

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Sideoats grama is a medium-sized bunch grass. At the beginning of the growing season, plants might have a blue-green, or purplish color, maturing to green in summer, then shifting to brown, orange, and red hues in fall. Its texture is coarser than most other species of grama. Both the inflorescence and ensuing seed heads are visually interesting, consisting of a zigzag stalk with oat-like spikelets dangling to one side.

Cultivation

Bouteloua curtipendula is one of the most important range, and foraging perennial grasses. In a garden setting, it offers many strong points: it provides visual interest from spring through fall, it has a clumping habit and is not overly aggressive, due to its low height during the beginning of the growing season it can be used effectively as a visual filler in perennial flower beds. It is very easy to grow in most soil conditions, adapted to full, to part sun, and fairly drought tolerant. Zones 3-9

Propagation

Easily propagated by division in early spring or fall, and by unstratified seed.

Additional Notes

Sideoats grama may be used as a sod grass and may be mowed once established. It is attractive to birds as a source of food and shelter. It is also attractive to various species of butterflies.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: CT, NJ, NY
  • Special Concern: KY
  • Threatened: MI, PA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Bouteloua grama
Species Bouteloua curtipendula sideoats grama