Bouteloua gracilis – Blue Grama

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Bouteloua gracilis - Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis – Blue Grama

Blue Grama is one of several native grasses that is being pushed as a native turf alternative to St. Augustine or Bermudagrass.  It grows in bunches and forms mats. Hairy Grama is similar in appearance, but has a “stinger” at the end of the seedhead, which Blue Grama lacks.

This particular specimen was photographed alongside the curb, where I have tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to establish Buffalograss between the sidewalk and the curb. I’ve used the Blue Grama seed to attempt to fill in the patchy spots that the Buchloe dactyloides seems to be prone to.

Elymus canadensis – Canadian Wild Rye

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 Elymus canadensis  - Canadian Wild Rye

Elymus canadensis – Canadian Wild Rye

This is a perennial grass with a distinctive pattern of its spiky seedheads. It is shade tolerant and mildly drought tolerant.  It grows to about 2-3 feet high.

This photo was taken July 14 on a field trip to Taylor Park at Lake Granger in Williamson County, Texas. We saw a lot of this grass on the nature trail.

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