BLUE GRAMA (HONEYCOMB)

Bouteloua gracilis

Blue Grama, Bouteloua gracilis is a low-maintenance grass that requires little water or fertilizer once established, making it an ideal choice for sustainable and environmentally friendly landscaping. It is also a pollinator plant, attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden.

Bouteloua gracilis reaches about one foot tall when its seed heads are in full bloom. It is a low-growing, native grass, which acts as a ground cover when planted close together. In fact, Blue Grama is used as an alternative to traditional lawns, and can be mowed once in a while.

The chewed roots have been applied to cuts. A decoction of the whole plant has been used as a post-partum medicine.

SPECS: Genus: Bouteloua ; Species: Gracilis; Plant Type: Grass, Herb; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle), Medium Dry; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: July — October; Bloom Color: Blue, Green, Yellow; USDA Zone: 3 — 9; Attracts: Butterflies, Grasshoppers, Skippers, Songbirds; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Heat & humidity, Rabbits; Plant Community: Goes well with many common perennials such as Achillea, Agastache, Asclepias tuberosa, Amsonia, Asters, shorter cultivars of Baptisia, Callirhoe, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Iris x germanica, Gaillardia, Geranium sanquineium, Paeonia, Rudbeckia, Sedum telephium, Stachys officinalis or Stachys byzantina, Solidago, and other grasses with more firm shape like Panicum, Sorghastrum or Schizachyrium.;