Bouteloua curtipendula - Side Oats Grama

Side Oats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

  • AKA Bouteloua racemosa
  • Dense with slightly arching light green blades maturing gold and sometimes red
  • Purplish flowers
  • Seed stems produce seeds late summer, on only one side of the stem
  • Seeds attract birds
  • Bloom Time: Early summer
  • Flower Height: 100 cm
  • Foliage Height: 50 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



40-100 cm

50-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Side oats grama is extremely drought-tolerant and can be grown in a wide range of soil types. It is a slow-spreading sod former. Prune in late winter to early spring to make room for new growth.

Additional Notes about Side Oats Grama:

Native to Ontario and much of North and South America

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.