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Bouteloua gracilis

Also called Mosquito Grass


More About Bouteloua gracilis

  • AKA Bouteloua oligostachya
  • Dense, slightly arching grey-green blades mature purple, then light brown
  • Purplish flowers
  • Seed stems produce seeds late summer, at right angles to the stems
  • Seeds attract birds
  • Bloom Time: Early summer
  • Flower Height: 60 cm
  • Foliage Height: 30 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and much of North America.

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

4

Height:

50-60 cm

Spread:

25-30 cm

Colour:

Purple (deep)
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Blue Grama Growing and Maintenance Tips

Mosquito grass can be grown in full sun or light shade in a wide range of soil types, however, it does not tolerate poorly drained, wet areas. It can be used as turf, and mowed regularly. If allowed to grow naturally, prune in early spring to make room for new growth.


Bouteloua gracilis Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Gray
Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Bouteloua gracilis

Buchloe dactyloides

Buchloe dactyloides

Buffalo Grass

Briza media

Briza media

Common Quaking Grass