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Products > Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP22,048
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP22,048 - Blonde Ambition Blue Grama

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Flower Color: Chartreuse
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Chondrosum gracile]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 °F
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP22,048 (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama) A long-lived warm season tufted perennial grass with fine-textured gray-green leaves to 12 to 18 inches tall with dainty flowers that are held like small horizontal flags on stems that rise above the foliage to 2 1/2 feet tall in early summer and hold seed heads through fall. This selection is more robust with larger flowers than typical Blue Grama and these flowers are a chartreuse color that age to blond instead of the typical dark purplish flowers of the species. 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. It has proven itself in many situations such as in alkaline and saline soils but does poorly in acidic soils or those kept too moist. Blue Grama, also called Mosquito Grass, is native to much of North America from Manitoba Canada south and west across the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and Midwest states to Mexico. This selection discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens originated as a sport off of Bouteloua gracilis `Hatchita` that was found in a residential yard in July 2007 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. National Home Gardening Club Magazine named this plant one of its 2011 Plant Select® winners. Images and plants courtesy of High Country Gardens. This plant received US Plant Patent 22,048 in July 2011. Some recent sources (2013), including The Plant List (the collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Missouri Botanic Gardens), list the current species 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. We are sticking with the familiar name until such time as this name change get much wider recognition.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition' PP22,048.