Blue Grama

  • Good drought tolerance
  • Establishes well with all native grasses
  • Withstands grazing year-round
  • Suitable for mixtures of grasses
  • Used in erosion control
  • Good choice for low maintenance turf
  • Surface mine revegetation

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.

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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. Grows as a bunchgrass in southern states but in northern states or areas of heavy grazing pressure it is a sod former. It can be found growing in association with buffalograss, western wheatgrass, needlegrasses and in some areas the bluegrasses.

Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis) 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.

It 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.

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Very short supply for 2022.

(Bouteloua gracilis)

Blue Grama NRCS Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide & Fact Sheet

Prepared By & Species Coordinator: USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Blue Grama
  • Bouteloua gracilis
  • Mosquito Grass

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Blue Grama

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Seed Count

724,000 seeds/lb.

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Bunchgrass, Sodformer

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Sowing Rate

1 -3 PLS lbs. per Acre

Min. Precipitation

8-10 Inches Minimum

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