Blue Grama Grass
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants
These natives of dry North American grasslands form clumps of narrow gray-green leaves. These tough, heat- and drought-tolerant plants are characterized by oddly attractive flowering stems that carry their summer flowers on one side only. One or a few plants are pretty in a border or large rock garden. Massed, they are useful for creating meadows. Grow from seed or division.
This native bunch grass grows up to 1 1/2–2 ft. high, 1 ft. wide. Flowering stems have odd inflorescences springing out at right angles and said to resemble hovering mosquitoes. Reddish in summer, they bleach to white. Tolerates sunny, arid, and alkaline conditions in the High Plains and Rocky Mountains under 6,500-ft. elevation. ‘Blond Ambition’ has chartreuse flowers on 2 1/2–3 ft. stems, fades to blond. Mow at 1 1/2 in. high for a fair native lawn in low-traffic areas. Sow seed at 1–3 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. in fall to take advantage of winter rain and snow. Irrigate to a depth of 1 ft. until established; thereafter, it needs no irrigation.
This native bunch grass grows up to 1 1/2–2 ft. high, 1 ft. wide. Flowering stems have odd inflo...
These natives of dry North American grasslands form clumps of narrow gray-green leaves. These tough, h...
Native from California’s desert mountains east to New Mexico and Texas and north to Wyoming. Gro...