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Side Oats Grama
Bouteloua curtipendula

About Side Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) Bouteloua curtipendula, commonly known as sideoats grama, is a perennial, short prairie grass that is native throughout the temperate and tropical Western Hemisphere, from Canada south to Argentina. Bouteloua curtipendula foliage is blue-green in color and the flowers are purple. The small, oat-like seeds develop on the side of the stalk.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3 ft (0.9 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Yellow, Purple

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry, rocky places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
68' - 7763'

Annual Precip. ?
6.4" - 28.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.30" - 3.21"

Coldest Month ?
39.2° F - 57.6° F

Hottest Month ?
61.8° F - 79.5° F

Humidity ?
1.91 vpd - 30.82 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Fast, Medium, Slow

Sunset Zones ?
2, 3, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment freshly harvested cleaned seeds need 3-4 mos. dry storage before sowing.

Common uses

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sideoats Grama

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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