blue grama, Bouteloua gracilis  (Cyperales: Poaceae)
Common Name Blue Grama, Mosquito Grass, Signal-arm Grass
Latin Name Bouteloua gracilis
Family Poaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 1-3,10,12 / 3-10
Type / Form Grass / Clump
Native Habitat Dry plains of western North America
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Water None to once per month
Height X Width 16 inches to 20 inches
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Grey green narrow blade clump grass
Flowers Attractive gold to purple flowers, clump grass which will mat in time
Bark / Roots NA / Roots not extensive
Maintenance Little
Propagation Seeds, self sows
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape uses Erosion control, ground cover, container, rock garden, borders, low maintenance, foliage accent, background, parkways, specimen, bedding
Garden Suitability Songbird
Ornamental Value Attractive gold to purple flowers, clump grass which will mat in time
Nature Value Habitat for game birds and songbirds, graze for cattle and game, small animals eat seeds
Native American Uses Basketry
Links  
    Images and data http://www.bluestem.ca/bouteloua-gracilis.htm
    Images and data http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?code=J550
    Images and data http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages2/gilaflora/bouteloua_gracilis.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Poaceae/Bouteloua_gracilis.html
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/BlueGrama/BlueGrama.htm
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM03240&sp=Bouteloua%20gracilis
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Bouteloua_gracilis
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=BOGR2
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1131
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1539/
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_grama
    Images and data http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/blue_grama-grass.htm
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/bougra/all.html
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=BOGR2
    Seeds http://www.highcountrygardens.com/catalog/product/27055/
    Nursery http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/1064.htm
    Nursery http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Bouteloua+gracilis
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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