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Bouteloua gracilis
Synonyms: B. oligostachya

Common Name(s): Blue grama grass
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Growing Days: 90 to 180 (days)
Abs.Max=90° (F)    Opt.Max=81° (F)
Opt.Min=54° (F)    Abs.Min=36° (F)
Precipitation: 18 to 23 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -36° (F)
Soil pH: 6 to 8
Soil Texture/Type: All
Soil Drainage: Semi-Excessive
Photoperiod Response: Short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright to cloud
Some strains lack cold resistance. Drought resistant throughout Great Plains. Best on sandy soils.
Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rust
Animal Food - forage
Temperate-continental, subtropical-dry summer, steppe and semi-arid
Geographical Origin:
North America

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