Bouteloua gracilis

Blue grama

  • Height:   1 ft - 5 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   grass
  • Inflorescence Size:   < 1 in
  • Flower Type:   grass spikelet
  • Bloom Type:   warm (grasses)
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   desert - inland - mountain
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Characteristics / Comments:   drought resistant
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   677,520
  • 2666

Taxon report data from Calflora

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Bouteloua gracilis

Common Name:Blue grama

Bouteloua gracilis, a angiosperm, is a perennial grass that is native to California.

US Distribution:
Plant Community(s):Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Kern, Merced, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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Bloom Months
(Blooming months in blue)