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Products > Bouteloua gracilis 'Pestaņa de Angel'
 
Bouteloua gracilis 'Pestaņa de Angel' - California Blue Grama
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15° F
Bouteloua gracilis 'Pestaņa de Angel' (California Blue Grama) This is a truly a California native selection of this long-lived warm season tufted perennial grass species. It grows only about 6 inches tall with fine-textured gray-green leaves with dainty flowers held horizontally like small purple flags on stems that rise above the foliage in early summer and hold seed heads into fall. Plant in full sun in most any soil so long as it is well-drained. Water occasionally to very little - plants fill in faster and look best when irrigated but this is a drought tolerant grass and is very cold tolerant. This species is native to much of North America from Manitoba Canada south and west across the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and Midwest states to Mexico. It gets into California in the Transverse Ranges and desert mountains in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties but all seed sources have traditionally been collected from plants not growing in California. This selection was made by John Greenlee and Scott Ogden near Baldwin Lakes, east of Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County in 2014 with the thought that it would be best adapted to our Southern California climate. Some recent sources (2013), including The Plant List (the collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Missouri Botanic Gardens), list the current name of this plant as Chondrosum gracile, while other reputable sources, such as the Jepson Project (the Bible of all plants Californian) and the Flora of North America list the current name as Bouteloua gracilis, so we are sticking with the familiar name until such time as this name change get much wider recognition.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bouteloua gracilis 'Pestaņa de Angel'
 
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