Native to the Great Plains, Blue Grama grass rates as one of the most important forage species for all classes of livestock and wildlife all year round, along with Buffalograss. The plant is drought-resistant and tolerates soil conditions with fair salinity and moderate alkalinity. This makes it highly adaptable to drier areas of its range of habitat.
The plant grows to about 10 to 20 inches. The low growth makes it less suitable as a hay crop, but under the best moisture conditions, it can produce enough for harvest. Blue Grama grass grows during the warmest part of summer when precipitation is adequate, maturing in as short as 60 to 70 days. The plant also has a high nutritional value, with leaves that are low in fiber and high in protein; as much as 50 percent of its nutritive value is retained after curing.
The species forms dense, shallow root systems that hold on to soil and keep it from being blown away by winds, making it an excellent plant for controlling soil erosion. And with its low-maintenance requirements and attractive seedheads, it can also be used as an ornamental plant or turfgrass in dry, arid climates. A Blue Grama grass lawn can easily be established from seed or short rhizomes. Excessive irrigation and fertilization, however, can invite weeds and cool-season plants to grow.
Grass Family ( Poaceae : Chlorideae)
Latin Name: Bouteloua gracilis
Value: Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
The plant base on Blue Grama is curved. It is more tolerant to grazing than Black Grama and is considered 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 does provide 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, it is found on all soil textures, but most abundant in clay loam or sandy loam soils. Blue Grama is unsuited to wet, poorly drained soils.
If you’re looking for Blue Grama grass seed for sale, you’ve come to the right place. Bamert Seed Company offers high quality seeds from over 200 species of native grasses, forbs, and legumes. Many of the plants we carry are selected for their ability to adapt to different types of soil and climate. Please refer to our How to Guide page if you need any help planting native seeds purchased from our store.
For inquiries about the Blue Grama seed and other grass seed we offer, feel free to contact us.