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Bouteloua curtipendula

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Common Name: Sideoats Grama

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerant of a wide range of soils including heavy clay, moderately acid to moderately alkaline pH.  1-2 feet height, blooms mid to late summer, purplish red flowers, self-seeds slowly under optimum conditions.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region: Central Basin and Valley and Ridge provinces

Easy to grow, warm season grass.  Tough, drought-tolerant and low maintenance.  Noted for its distinctive arrangement of oat-like seed spikes which hang from only one side of its flowering stems.  Attractive grass for the home landscape.  Makes a showy groundcover and can be used for meadow and mass plantings.  Good fall color.  Attracts birds.

Sideoats Grama - Bouteloua curtipendula
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