10 Blue grama

Birds & Blooms - - Top 10 -

BOUTELOUA GRACILIS, ZONES 3 TO 10

Blue grama is a grace­ful grass that grows read­ily on the Great Plains but is tough enough for other zones. Once es­tab­lished, this warm-sea­son grass reaches 2 feet tall, prefers dry soils and needs lots of sun.

Why we love it: The beauty of blue grama is that it’s ex­tremely low-main­te­nance, with an ex­tra­or­di­nary eye­lash­like seed head.

Host to: skip­pers and skip­per­lings

Kelsey Roseth is a free­lance jour­nal­ist based in Min­nesota who is work­ing to cre­ate a wel­com­ing back­yard for her beloved birds and but­ter­flies.

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