Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
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

Sideoats Grama with seeds

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Location: Medina Co., Texas by FM 1283Date: October 21, 2012Sideoats Grama with seeds
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Location: Cheslen Land Preserve in southeast pennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-30a few plants in a native plant landscape
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Location: Cheslen Land Preserve in southeast pennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-30a few plants in a native plant landscape
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Location: Cheslen Land Preserve in southeast pennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-30close-up of flower-seedheads
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 11, 2018 4:54 PM

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.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on May 6, 2013 3:33 PM

Sideoats grama is the official state grass of Texas.

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