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Common Name: Blue Grama

Species Name: Bouteloua gracilis

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae

Tribe: Cynodonteae, Gramagrass Tribe





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Warm
Distribution in the U.S. Central portion from southern Canada to central Mexico, the Great Basin and southern California
Distribution in Oklahoma Western two-thirds



ID Characteristics

  • Vegetative Characteristics


    • Bunch-forming
    • Curly leaves, with edges rolled up
    • Rhizomatous
    • Sparse long white hairs where leaf and sheath meet (collar)


    • Absence of stout bristle at the end of flowering branch
    • Branches in seed head curve when dried
    • 1-4 branches per stem
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 10-70 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate
    • Sheath: Glabrous or pilose
    • Leaves: Basal



Soil Type Sands, clays, loams and gravels
Habitat Dry, open areas with shallow soils
Successional Stage Mid to late


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