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blue grama

Bouteloua gracilis

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low
full sun
upright
12 - 18"
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summer

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Cute little 'eyebrow' flower spike. This one is frowning
Cute little 'eyebrow' flower spike. This one is frowning

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Cute little 'eyebrow' flower spike. This one is frowning
Cute little 'eyebrow' flower spike. This one is frowning

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Full disclosure: blue grama is not a typical native to the Missoula area (we are a hair west of its native range), but it is native to much of Montana. We have included this compact little bunchgrass because it is extremely drought tolerant and is short enough to be used along sidewalks and other places requiring a low-maintenance plant that won't out-grow its space or restrict sight lines. Thread-like foliage and adorable little eyebrow-like flower spikes add plenty of charm. Dense plantings of blue grama can replace turf grass in in areas that don't get too much foot traffic.