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Bouteloua gracilis / Mosquito Grass

    Bouteloua gracilis / Mosquito Grass


    Bouteloua gracilis, commonly known as Blue Grama grass, is a warm-season perennial grass native to the prairies of North America. Its foliage has a distinctive blue-green color, with narrow, curling leaves that are up to 10 inches long. In late summer and fall, it produces slender flower spikes that stand tall above the foliage, with delicate purple-brown blooms that attract butterflies and other pollinators.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 30-60 cm (12-24 in)
    • Spread: 30-45 cm (12-18 in)
    • Flower color: Purple-brown
    • Flowering period: Late summer to fall
    • Foliage: Blue-green, narrow, curling leaves
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining, sandy or loamy soil
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Blue Grama grass is a versatile and hardy plant that is ideal for use in native plant gardens, meadows, and prairie landscapes. It can also be used in erosion control and as a low-maintenance lawn alternative.

    Blue Grama grass is drought-tolerant and requires little maintenance once established. It has a deep root system that helps it survive in harsh environments and makes it ideal for erosion control. It also provides valuable habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

    Companion Plants:

    • Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) - The lavender-blue flowers of Anise Hyssop and the gray-green foliage make a perfect color combination with Bouteloua gracilis.
    • Liatris spicata (Blazing Star) - The tall spikes of purple flowers produced by Blazing Star make a beautiful contrast to the low-growing habit of Bouteloua gracilis.
    • Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' - This perennial produces tall spikes of blue or purple flowers that are a beautiful complement to the warm tones of Bouteloua gracilis.

    Care Instructions:
    Blue Grama grass prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering, though it will benefit from occasional deep watering during periods of prolonged drought. It can be cut back in late winter or early spring to remove dead growth and promote new growth.

    Final Thoughts:
    Blue Grama grass is a hardy and versatile plant that adds texture and interest to prairie landscapes and native plant gardens. Its drought tolerance and low-maintenance requirements make it an ideal choice for xeriscaping and other sustainable landscaping practices.