Grass Family ( Poaceae : Chlorideae)
Latin Name: Bouteloua gracilis
Value: Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
The plant base on blue grama is curved. More tolerant to grazing than black grama, good grazing for all classes of livestock and wildlife, quality is highest when grass is green, it retains much of its grazing value when dry and provides good fall and winter forage. This short grass is one of the major dominant grass species of the Great Plains. Adapted to open plains, foothills, mesas, and woodlands. Found in all soil textures, but most abundant in clay loam or sandy loam soils; unsuited to wet, poorly drained soils.