side-oats grama grass
Bouteloua curtipendula

Side-oats grama grass was an important constituent of the drier areas of Iowa’s tallgrass prairie. Clumps of this grass make good specimen plants or larger area plantings. The flowers are arranged in an interesting manner, spikes arranged along one side of a central axis. The flowers don’t shatter easily and work well for cut flowers and dried arrangements. This grass withstands occasional mowing and can sometimes be seen flowering in old cemeteries.

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Side-oats grama grass 'Trailway.' Iowa Arboretum near Luther. 15 July 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial

Origin: native

Height: 2-3 feet

Hardiness: zone 3

Habit: clumping

Moisture: tolerates drought

Propagation: seed, division

Light: full sun

Flowering: July-September

Uses: specimen and larger plantings, fresh and dried flowers

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Side-oats grama grass 'Trailway.' Iowa Arboretum near Luther. 15 July 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

 

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