Blue Grama
Johnston's Native Grasses | Grasses

HACHITA BLUE GRAMA

#1081 | Bouteloua gracilis

BLUE GRAMA FACT SHEET

Summary

Blue Grama is a native, perennial, warm-season, short grass that seldom grows taller than 12 to 20 inches. Blue Grama reproduces only by seed, and as the seed heads mature, they usually bend into a curve that resembles a human eyebrow. It produces a low basal type growth that forms a bunchy sod. Blue Grama is grown throughout the Great Plains, and is found in association with buffalograss in the short grass prairies. It is more drought resistant and tolerates alkali conditions better than sideoats Grama. Blue Grama produces highly palatable, nutritious forage that retains its feed value into the winter. Blue Grama does not produce an abundance of forage, and should not be grazed loser than 2 to 3 inches during the growing season.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
2 - California Coastal, 3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 10 - South Florida, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
12" - 20"
Bloom Period
Summer
Bloom Color
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green-gray
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Growth Habit
Bunch-Type
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Fall - Early-Spring
Plant Depth
0.25" - 0.5"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
50° F
Establishment
Moderate

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
750,000
Kingdom
PLANTAE
Subkingdom
TRACHEOBIONTA
Super Division
SPERMATOPHYTA
Division
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Class
LILIOPSIDA
Subclass
COMMELINIDAE
Order
CYPERALES
Family
POACEAE
Genus
BOUTELOUA
Species
BOUTELOUA GRACILIS

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 2-4 PLS LBS/ACRE

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Conservation, Reclamation & Restoration

Blue grama is an excellent choice for erosion control when used as a component in warm season grasses mixes in the short- grass regions of the country. Blue grama has been used as a low-maintenance turfgrass as well as surface revegetation following mining operations.

Pasture & Range

In southern areas of the U.S. blue grama is primarily a bunchgrass. Under heavy grazing and in more northern states is can form a sod.

Prairie

Lawn

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