Blue Grama Grass

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Blue Grama, Bouteloua Gracilis Is A Popular Option Thanks To Its Low-Growing, Drought-Tolerant Grass

The blue grama formally named the Bouteloua gracilis, is a long-lived perennial grass that thrives in the warm season and is native to North America. Its range extends from Alberta, Canada, east to Manitoba and south across the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and the Midwest state, up to the northern Mexican Plateau. The blue grama grows in pastures, grazing land, and open fields with low-growing, drought-tolerant, and greyish-green grass. The blue grama's environmental preference accounts for most of the net primary productivity in the shortgrass prairie of the central to southern Great Plains.

Blue Grama's, Bouteloua Gracilis Low Maintenance And Ease Of Care Help Provide A Natural Landscape

As native plants increase in popularity for gardening and home landscaping thanks to low maintenance and ease of care, choosing plants such as the blue grama grass gives a high incidence of survival and growth with minimal effort since the area matches their preferences. These characteristics help reduce herbicide and pesticide usage and provide a sustainable landscape that blends and accents the natural region. With green to greyish leaves less than three millimeters and one to ten inches long, the plant's overall height is six to twelve inches at maturity.

Its flowering stems are seven to eighteen inches long, with two comb-like spikes extending out from a sharp angle from the flowering stem. Each grass spike has twenty to ninety spikelets five to six millimeters long and has one fertile floret with one or two reduced sterile ones. Below the florets are two glumes, one of them up to three millimeters long and the other up to six millimeters long; the sterile floret's two-millimeter lemma has three awns five millimeters long. Meanwhile, the fertile floret, which contains a five-millimeter-long bract with three short bristles at the tip, produces an oblong-elliptic brown seed up to three millimeters long. Upon the seed's maturity, the spikelet detaches except for the two glumes, which remain.

Planting blue grama grass is ideally done two months before the first frost in fall, so start a seedbed by tilling the area and adding compost of mixed grit to ensure drainage and percolation. Any remaining imperfections and debris would have to go via raking, and then one must grade the area. As the seeds are finely structured, mix them with sand for sowing at a rate of three pounds for every one thousand feet. Keep the bed moist in spring, but not too much that it gets soggy, until germination, which occurs within seven to ten days once soil temperatures warm up.

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