Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

Sideoats Grama 'El Reno' (Bouteloua curtipendula)

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Foliage grows to a foot or less. Leafless seed stalks have attrractive, oat-like seeds hanging to one side at top.
Item #: BOCURs
Binomial Bouteloua curtipendula
Feature: ‘El Reno’ Sideoats Grama is a cultivar released in 1944 by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station & Manhattan Soil Conservation Service

The 8 to 12-inch clumps of basal leaves are smaller than prairie dropseed's. This grass is most attractive in summer and fall with its seed structures hanging to one side of the stem. Basal leaves will turn shades of purple, orange, and red in the fall. Cut the previous year's growth back to 5 inches in the spring.

Sideoats is a good companion plant for spring-blooming flowers as it stays relatively short early in the season. It is a host plant for skipper butterflies. It is very drought resistant and will grow near the allelopathic black walnut.

Uses: ornamental grass, drought resistant, deer resistant, birds, butterflies
Bloom time: July to September

Height: 18 to 24 inches
Space: 12 to 18 inches

Sun: Full sun
Moisture: dry to average

Seed: Sow seed between February and May.
  • 191,000 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 500 square feet
  • 4.5 pounds per acre

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