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Bouteloua curtipendula

Side Oats Gramma

  • »  Extremely drought tolerant
  • »  Tolerates poor and alkaline soils
  • »  Tolerates light shade
  • »  Attracts birds with food and great cover
  • »  Deer resistant
  • »  Attracts butterflies
  • »  Great low-water-use plant

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This native grass has graceful, blue-green foliage. Attractive tiny flowers in bright purple and orange appear on tall spikes in late summer. Its name, Sideoats Grama, comes from the way the oat-like seeds all lean to one side of the stem, despite emerging on two sides. Bouteloua makes a wonderful drought tolerant groundcover for a sunny dry location. It combines well with other sun-loving natives like Butterfly Weed, Echinacea and Black-eyed Susans. This grass grows well in many kinds of soil, including those containing clay-loam, gravel, rocky material, and sand. It is very drought tolerant and works well on gentle or moderate slopes.

Maintenance and Care
Drought Tolerant
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer Bloomer
Late Summer
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry Soil
Average Water
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Bouteloua curtipendula

Grows well in full sun to partial shade, tolerates a wide range of soils from dry to moist, as long as it is well-drained. It will seed in and spread to open spots, but won't out compete stronger perennials and grasses. Seed stems can be removed to prevent spreading.