Bouteloua gracilis - Blue Grama, Mosquito Grass
The small size of Blue Grama extends the range of choices in a garden
design. It can be used at the front of a border, as a specimen, in the
rock garden and with its very thin leaves and the fact that it can be
mowed, Bouteloua gracilis can be used as a low-maintenance
lawn substitute alone or combined with Buchloe
dactyloides (Buffalo grass).
Our current strain holds it flowers well above the foliage, making
a wonderful display of the extremely decorative seedheads in the late
summer and fall. When showing your grasses to friends, they will likely
be delighted if you pick them a few flowers of Blue grama.
An excellent choice for low-water gardening. Plant 6"
apart for a ground cover.
Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage is grey-green; the width of the blade is narrow;
30-40 cm (12-16") tall
Flowers - June-Aug; 40-50 cm (16-20")
Ideal growing conditions: sandy loam
to clay soil in open sunny areas; prefers alkaline to neutral
soil but can grow in slightly acid, sandy or dry soils;
slow to establish, but a durable grass
Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone;
further info on plant hardiness)
Recommended plant spacing: 15-40 cm (6-16") why
such a difference?
Season of interest: August - winter
Drought tolerance rating: 1 (water to root depth once
a month); further info
Native to: dry plains of central North America
Compare Bouteloua gracilis to our other grasses
in this handy chart.