Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Sideoats Grama

Sideoats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerant of a wide range of soils including heavy clay, moderately acid to moderately alkaline pH.  1-2 feet height, blooms mid to late summer, purplish red flowers, self-seeds slowly under optimum conditions.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Central Basin and Valley and Ridge provinces

Easy to grow, warm season grass.  Tough, drought-tolerant and low maintenance.  Noted for its distinctive arrangement of oat-like seed spikes which hang from only one side of its flowering stems.  Attractive grass for the home landscape.  Makes a showy groundcover and can be used for meadow and mass plantings.  Good fall color.  Attracts birds.


One response to “Sideoats Grama

  1. joystewart December 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This is one of my favorite grasses. It is so charming in appearance and I love the flowers. If you look closely, they are easy to see and bright red hanging in a little row on the upper portion of the stem. I keep putting out a lot of seed whenever I get a chance even though I once attended a lecture by a grass specialist who said that this grass is not long-lived in Tennessee. So far once established, mine stick around just fine. It isn’t the most substantial grass species and seems to be more of a nice accent plant. I have never gotten the solid stand pictured above even when I use large quantities of seed. I will have to try larger volumes of seed next time.

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