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Blue grama

Gramineae Bouteloua gracilis (HBK) Lag. ex Steud.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Blue grama is a long-lived native perennial grass that grows throughout the Great Plains. It is low growing, up to 18 inches, with small leaves, not over 6 inches long and 0.125 inch or less in width. It is found on all soil types, but thrives best on upland, rather beavy soils. It is drought resistant. Growth is late starting in spring. It is relished as pasture by all classes of livestock. It is one of the more important range grass species, standing heavy grazing well. It is readily established by seeding.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch