Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

B. oligostachya.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Blue Grama
Bouteloua gracilis

The grass is sometimes used in the fill of coiled basketry[216, 257].

The stems can be used as a comb and broom material[257]. The blades can be bundled by a cord and the stiff end used as a hair comb whilst the other end can be used as a broom[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The chewed roots have been applied to cuts[257].

    A decoction of the whole plant has been used as a post-partum medicine[257].

  • Edible Use

    Seed – raw or cooked[257]. It can be ground into a powder, mixed with water and eaten as a mush, often with corn meal[257]. It is also used to make bread[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when large enough to handle and grow on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer. Division.
Easily grown in full sun on any well-drained garden soil[200]. Prefers a near-neutral or lime-free soil[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. All members of this genus use the method of photosynthesis knwn as C4. This allows for the more effective capture of carbon dioxide and thus less water loss through transpiration since the stomata do not have to be open for transpiration. This is an advantage in the arid environments where these plants are usually found[274].
Southern N. America – Wisconsin to North Dakota, south to Arizona and Mexico.

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