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Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

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Sideoats Grama seed and plant description
Scientific name: Bouteloua curtipendula

Sideoats grama is a medium-size perennial bunchgrass, 15 to 30 inches tall or occasionally taller. This is the largest and most coarse of the grama grasses. It has a bluish- green color, sometimes with a purplish cast (especially in the spring), and cures to a reddish- brown or straw color. The name sideoats comes because the seed heads look like an oat seed and grow off only one side of the stem.

Sideoats grama is found on rocky open slopes, woodlands, and forest openings up to an elevation of about 7,000 feet.

Sideoats Grama is a superb dryland grass and occurs in every state in the USA and considerable portions of Canada. It is adapted to most soil conditions and successful seedings are obtained even in rocky, stony, or shallow soils. It is a fair to good erosion control plant when mixed with the other plants naturally associated with it. It provides some forage for deer and antelope when green. Elk use this plant throughout the year.

Sideoats Grama is one of the most important range grasses. Although not as palatable as some of the smaller gramas it is more palatable than many of the other grass species. It produces a much greater volume of forage than blue grama, and this tends to make up for its slightly lower palatability. It remains green later in the fall and usually begins growth in the spring before other gramas. It cures well, and maintains a fairly high feeding value throughout the year.

Sideoats grama is not as resistant to grazing as blue grama because of its taller growth habit, but sideoats grama stays green longer and can be grazed for a longer period. Reduced forage production, carrying capacity, and loss in cattle weight is a direct result of overgrazing. Sideoats grama is a normal component of a large number of range sites.

This item has a minimum purchase quantity of 2 pounds.

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10-12 Inches Minimum

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5-9 PLS lbs. per Acre

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Summer or Spring

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159,000 seeds/lb.

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