Blue Grama

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Blue Grama

Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) is a major warm season grass found throughout the western United States and Great Plains. It is fairly short, reaching an average of 10 to 20 inches. It grows in definite bunches and reproduces by tillering and by seed. Blue Grama grows as a bunchgrass in southern states but in northern states or areas of heavy grazing pressure it is a sod former. Blue grama can be found growing in association with buffalograss, western wheatgrass, needlegrasses and in some areas the bluegrasses.

Blue grama demonstrates good drought tolerance. It has fair salinity tolerance and moderate alkalinity tolerances. In its dormant state, it will also tolerate burning. It will not tolerate dense shade, flooding, a high water table, or acid soils.

Blue grama is suitable for mixtures of grasses used in erosion control, low maintenance turf plantings, and surface mine revegetation. Establish as with all native grasses. Proper ground preparation is one of the most important considerations. The seedbed should be firm but not solid; cultivation to kill the roots of cool-season grasses is essential. Planting may be done by either drilling or broadcasting, with the seed being sown no more than 1/4 to 1/2 inches deep at a rate of 1 to 3 pounds PLS/acre. Seeding in late spring is recommended in the Great Plains; earlier seeding is recommended in areas further south. In the Southwest, seeding should be done during the period from June 15 to July 15.

Blue grama will tolerate low-nutrient soils better than acidic conditions. In western areas plant blue grama in a sorghum cover crop, stubble, or in with the crop itself.

Once the grass is established, it is very palatable to livestock all year long. Since growing points are at or near the ground surface, the grass withstands fairly close grazing. For best yields, defer grazing during the growing season every 2 to 3 years. Blue grama cures well on stem, making it a good grass for grazing during the dormant season.

***click the “Additional Information” tab for more seed facts.

Additional Information

Common Name:

Blue Grama

Scientific Name:

Bouteloua gracilis

Native or Introduced:

Native

Plant Lifespan:

Perennial

Growth Season:

Warm

Plant Type:

Grass

Seed Count

724,000 seeds/lb.

Available Cultivars/Varieties:

Alma, Bad River, Hachita, Lovington

Plant PDF File

bogr.pdf

Sowing Rate

1 -3 PLS lbs. per Acre

Best SowingTime

Summer

Min. Precipitation

8-10 Inches Minimum

Root Form

Bunchgrass, Sodformer

Zone Map

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Growth Height:

Small to mid-sized, 6 – 18 inches tall

Best Time to Sow:

Spring or Summer

Max Sowing Depth:

1/4 – 1/2 inch deep

Sun & Shade Tolerance:

High Sun

pH Tolerance:

ph 6.5 – 8.3

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