Chapter 3. Common Native Grasses of the Northern Midwest

3.2 Sideoats grama

sideoats grama flowers
Sideats grama in flower, note the red, pendulous stamens.

Bouteloua curtipendula

Warm season; Perennial

Characteristics: 12–30”; upright open; flowers green, red; foliage gray-green

Growing Conditions: average to dry soils; drought tolerant: full sun; self-seeder; hardy zones 3–8

Sideoats grama is a mid-height grass that grows upright and open, spreading out into a rounder shape. The pendulous seedheads hang from the stems and appear red when the stamens are shedding pollen.

Currently, no nativars are available.

Species that feed on sideoats grama according to the literature are Oslar’s roadside skipper (Amblyscirtes oslari), Arogos skipper (Atrytone arogos), Assiniboia skipper (Hesperia assiniboia), Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae), Pawnee skipper (Hesperia leonardus pawnee), Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe), and Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek).


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Gardening with Native Grasses in Cold Climates by Diane M. Narem and Mary Hockenberry Meyer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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