Bouteloua curtipendula

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Bouteloua curtipendula
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Bouteloua
Species: B. curtipendula
Binomial name
Bouteloua curtipendula
(Michx.) Torr.

Bouteloua curtipendula, commonly known as sideoats grama,[3] is a perennial, short prairie grass that is native throughout the temperate and tropical Western Hemisphere, from Canada south to Argentina.


Sideoats grama flower.

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.

Sideoats grama is a warm-season grass, growing 30–100 cm (12–39.5 in) tall, and grows well on mountainous plateaus, rocky slopes, and sandy plains. The grass is also drought- and cold-tolerant and is hardy in zones 4-9.

It is currently listed as a threatened species in the U.S. state of Michigan.


It is considered a good foraging grass for livestock. B. curtipendula is cultivated as an ornamental plant for native plant and drought-tolerant gardens, and is also good for erosion control.

It provides larval food for the veined ctenucha (Ctenucha venosa).[4]

Sideoats grama is the state grass of Texas.


  1. ^ Tropicos, Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.
  2. ^ The Plant List, Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.
  3. ^ "Bouteloua curtipendula". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Soule, J.A. 2012. Butterfly Gardening in Southern Arizona. Tierra del Soule Press, Tucson, AZ

External links[edit]

Data related to Bouteloua curtipendula at Wikispecies