Bouteloua gracilis


Bouteloua gracilis is a fine-textured grass, native to the high dry plains of the West and Midwest US. Like many grasses, it will shut down and turn brown, as a drought response, but, will green up when moisture is back in the soil. This species produces viable seed and is, therefore, more successful when used on a large scale, where self-sowing is an advantage. The seed heads/flowers look like Scottish eyebrows, although it is a North American Native. Can be established as a meadow and be mowed. As with most grasses on green roofs, it will benefit from growing in a deeper soil profile, or in mounded green roof media, as well as regular watering, to help establishment. Adds height to the green roof ecosystem creating the opportunity for more biodiversity.

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  • Botanical Name: Bouteloua gracilis
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Grass
  • Plant Usage: Accent, Groundcover
  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Flower Color: Light Brown
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to Midautumn
  • Winter Interest: Tan
  • Height: 12"
  • Spread: 12"
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Origin: North America
  • Self Sowing: Yes
  • Shade Tolerant: Partial
  • Substitutes: Sesleria autumnalis, Sesleria caerulea,

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