Bouteloua curtipendula

Common name: Side-Oats Grama

Native plant

Looking for an attractive grass to grow on a dry, exposed site with average soil? Side-oats will grow there and then take it over with grace. One of our favorite grasses and one that is often overlooked by gardeners because it is thought of as a waste ground plant, but it is far from that. The flowers/seed heads hang lightly all to one side of the stem and will have bright orange-red filaments that are visited by tiny pollen hunters when in flower. In the fall, it turns a light golden color that I think glows in fading light of the day.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period



Lightly compacted soils, Harsh exposure tolerant, New construction, Road-side/salt tolerant

Growth form


General information

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
2 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

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