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Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' - Blue Grama grass (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens)

Ornamental Grasses

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Blue Grama Grass

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' commonly called blue grama or mosquito grass, is a tufted, warm season grass noted for its distinctive arrangement of mosquito larvae-like seed spikes which hang from only one side of its flowering stems. The species is native to prairies, plains, open rocky woodlands and along railroad tracks throughout the Western United States. It was a dominant grass of the dry shortgrass prairies.


Narrow, bluish-gray leaf blades form a dense clump growing 12-15" tall. Foliage turns golden brown in autumn, sometimes also developing interesting hues of orange and red. 'Blonde Ambition' produces chartreuse flowers on taller flowering stems that rise to 2 1/2' tall. Flowers give way to blonde seed heads which provide exceptional winter interest as the stems of seed heads pop up even after a heavy snow and remain standing through winter, giving the grass 6 to 8 months of garden color and texture.


This beauty is extremely cold hardy and is a perfect choice for low maintenance home or commercial landscapes. 

Blue Grama Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions from well-drained sandy soils to heavy clays. Cut clumps to the ground in late winter.

Height:

12-30 in

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Spread:

12-18 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 10

Characteristics & Attributes for Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Winter
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Container
Naturalizing
Edging
Specimen
Drought Tolerant
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
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