1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

blue grama grass, mosquito grass

Bouteloua gracilis

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Zone 3 – 10
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A tufted, warm-season native grass with distinctive caterpillar-like seed spikes which hang from one side of each flowering stem. Native to prairies, plains, open rocky woodlands, and along railroad tracks throughout the Western U.S., this was a dominant grass of the dry shortgrass prairies. Narrow, bluish-gray leaf blades form a dense clump 12-15″ tall. Foliage turns golden brown, orange, and red in autumn. Inflorescences of purplish-tinged flowers appear on arching stems above the foliage in early to mid-summer, bringing the total height of the clump to 20″ tall.

‘Blonde Ambition’ is a slightly taller selection with showy golden-yellow flowers.