General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 12 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Bi-Color: light green with orange stamens
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind

Image
Common names
  • Sideoats Grama Grass
  • Sideoats Grass
  • Sideoats Grama

Photo Gallery
Location: Wheaton, Illinois
Date: 2017-09-07
flowers-seedheads of a group in a park planting
Location: Wheaton, Illinois
Date: 2017-09-07
small group in a park that has some native plant plantings
Location: Medina Co., Texas by FM 1283
Date: October 21, 2012
Sideoats Grama with seeds

Date: 2024-04-07

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield

Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: Cheslen Land Preserve in southeast pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-30
a few plants in a native plant landscape
Location: Cheslen Land Preserve in southeast pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-30
a few plants in a native plant landscape
Location: Cheslen Land Preserve in southeast pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-30
close-up of flower-seedheads

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Uploaded by robertduval14

Date: 2004-08-07
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 11, 2018 4:54 PM concerning plant:
    Sideoats Grama has a very large native range from southcentral Canada down through Texas over to northwest Florida up to Connecticut and also found in much of the Southwest, down Central America into western South America into Argentina. It is a warm season grass that is a rhizomatous clump, so it does spread slowly as a clump. Its little grass flowers have red-purple anthers that dangle and white anthers that stick up. The flowers and seedheads appear on one side of the stalk, thus the name. It is a larval host for the caterpillars of 5 species of skipper moths. It is sold by a good number of native plant nurseries. Prairie Moon Nursery in southern Minnesota not only sells little pots by mail but also bareroot plants in spring and fall. It is a lovely perennial that I've only seen in a few native plant restorations or landscapes.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on May 6, 2013 3:33 PM concerning plant:
    Sideoats grama is the official state grass of Texas.

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by JebobaTea and is called "White Flower Fireworks"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.