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Bouteloua gracilis - (Willd. ex Kunth.)Lag. ex Griffiths.

Common Name Blue Grama
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Deserts and prairies[216, 235]. Grows in pure stands in mixed prairie associations and disturbed habitats, usually on rocky or clay soils and mainly at elevations of 300-3000 metres[270].
Range Southern N. America - Wisconsin to North Dakota, south to Arizona and Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bouteloua gracilis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

B. oligostachya.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Seed - raw or cooked[257]. It can be ground into a powder, mixed with water and eaten as a mush, often with corn meal[257]. It is also used to make bread[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Salve  Women's complaints

The chewed roots have been applied to cuts[257]. A decoction of the whole plant has been used as a post-partum medicine[257].

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Other Uses

Basketry  Broom  Brush

The grass is sometimes used in the fill of coiled basketry[216, 257]. The stems can be used as a comb and broom material[257]. The blades can be bundled by a cord and the stiff end used as a hair comb whilst the other end can be used as a broom[257].

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in full sun on any well-drained garden soil[200]. Prefers a near-neutral or lime-free soil[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. All members of this genus use the method of photosynthesis knwn as C4. This allows for the more effective capture of carbon dioxide and thus less water loss through transpiration since the stomata do not have to be open for transpiration. This is an advantage in the arid environments where these plants are usually found[274].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when large enough to handle and grow on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer. Division.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Willd. ex Kunth.)Lag. ex Griffiths.

Botanical References

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