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Blue Grama Grass

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP22,048

Low tuft of fine textured blue-green leaves, with unusual spikes of bristly chartreuse flowers, aging to blond, that rise above the foliage and are held at an angle, somewhat resembling a swarm of flying insects.

Also called Blue Grama, this is an important native plant of the Great Plains short grass prairie, found in much of North America from Manitoba south and west across the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and Midwest States to Mexico. It makes a low tuft of fine textured blue-green leaves, with unusual spikes of bristly chartreuse flowers, aging to blond, that rise above the foliage and are held at an angle, somewhat resembling a swarm of flying insects. Attractive in the sunny border, rock garden and excellent for winter interest. Flowers may be cut and used in arrangements. Clumps may be easily divided in early spring. Self-sown seedlings may also appear. Very drought and cold tolerant once established. Robust. 2011 Plant Select® winner. Discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens. Sport of B. gracilis ‘Hatchite’. USPP#22048: unlicensed propagation prohibited.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms summer to fall

Mature Height:

18-36 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

4-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow at 60-75° F, keep slightly dry until they break dormancy. Once mature, quite drought tolerant so allow to dry between watering. Generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions. Warm season grass.
Plants Per Gallon: 1

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun. Once established can tolerate drier soils.

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