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Bouteloua curtipendula - Side Oats Grama

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loam-Clay, Gravely

Height: 2 feet

Spread: 2 - 3 feet

Blooms: August, September

Root: Fibrous, Rhizomatous to form dense clumps

Habitat: Hill Prairies, Gravel Prairies, Thinly wooded bluffs and barrens, Limestone glades

Landscape uses: Pollinator garden, Naturalization, Drought Tolerant

Complimentary Plants: Slender Mountain Mint, Smooth Aster, Black-eyed Susan

Wildlife Value: Grasshoppers eat the leaves. Host plant: Leonard's Skipper, The leafhoppers Flexamia albida, Flexamia pectinata and Laevicephalus minimus are specialist feeders (oligophages) of Side Oats Grama. The seeds are eaten by upland gamebirds and granivorous songbirds.

Seed Origin: Coldwater, Ontario

Germination Code: A 


Photo credits: #1 by Erutuon, #2 by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz, #3 by Tom Koerner/USFWS, #4 by Matt Lavin

Bouteloua curtipendula - Side Oats Grama

  • Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) is a lovely warm-season grass with small oat-like seeds that dangle along one side of the stalk. This grass has tiny attractive blooms in bright orange and purple during the summer. Design your garden or meadow with this medium height grass to give texture and four season interest. Sideoats Grama is a larval host plant for several Skipper butterflies, moths, and leafhoppers. 

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