Blue grama

Bouteloua gracilis

Poaceae


Description

Grows in tufts with erect stems and often has short, stout rhizomes. Sometimes forms sod. The inflorescence has two spikes that look like rooster combs and curve downward when mature. The inflorescence has one to four branches. Leaves have few hairs at the junction of blade and sheath. The rachis does not project beyond the spikelets.

Blue grama is a perennial, warm-season, native - 12 to 24 inches tall.

Good grazing for both livestock and wildlife.


Habitat

Grows on open, grassy plains and hills and decreases with heavy grazing.


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