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Blue Grama

Blue Grama

(Bouteloua gracilis)


Sometimes referred to as "eyelash grass" because of it's fringed, one-sided inflorescence sitting on top of it's stalk.  These "monocles" remain on the plant throughout winter, providing lovely detail poking out of the snow. It is a bunch-grass, and tolerates traffic so well that it can be used as a native turf.  I have it interspersed throughout my wildflower garden in an attempt to create a natural looking, high desert meadow. Very drought tolerant, it is naturally a part of the shortgrass prairie, and is browsed regularly by deer and elk. It is very tolerant of this however, regenerating quickly.  It is the state grass of Colorado and new Mexico.


Howard Mesa

Northern Arizona


I'm in Wyoming for the weekend, celebrating the first birthday of my grandson, Hudson Tate! Forgive me if I don't find time to reply or comment.  As always, I so appreciate your visit!

Blue Grama

Blue Grama

(Bouteloua gracilis)


Sometimes referred to as "eyelash grass" because of it's fringed, one-sided inflorescence sitting on top of it's stalk.  These "monocles" remain on the plant throughout winter, providing lovely detail poking out of the snow. It is a bunch-grass, and tolerates traffic so well that it can be used as a native turf.  I have it interspersed throughout my wildflower garden in an attempt to create a natural looking, high desert meadow. Very drought tolerant, it is naturally a part of the shortgrass prairie, and is browsed regularly by deer and elk. It is very tolerant of this however, regenerating quickly.  It is the state grass of Colorado and new Mexico.


Howard Mesa

Northern Arizona


I'm in Wyoming for the weekend, celebrating the first birthday of my grandson, Hudson Tate! Forgive me if I don't find time to reply or comment.  As always, I so appreciate your visit!

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jul 2012, 04:34
Its lovely stuff, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think it's so delicate looking! Thanks Ray!
Named after the French-Spanish Boutelou family, XVIII c. gardeners and botanists from Aranjuez, Madrid. Your image isolates the plant very well, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You Spaniards have your hand in everything don't you?! So glad - where would be otherwise?! Thanks Juan Carlos!
It is well named Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Every so often things make sense! smile
That is a gorgeous grass that I've not encountered.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It really is a pretty thing, Mary! I don't think it grows in other than hot, dry soils.
Judging from its appearance in this capture, Elizabeth, I fully can understand why you have it growing in your wildflower garden.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Beverly! It is a lovely addition to the garden!
I can definitely see where the eyelash name comes from.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Pretty neat, huh?!
Wonderful and delicate Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Richard, I love this one!
A very delicate grass, Elizabeth - charming shot.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much Tom!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jul 2012, 22:28
I like the composition very much - thank you for your detailed information -I love the name 'eyelash grass'!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Philine! Isn't it an appropriate name?!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Jul 2012, 05:50
This makes such a pleasing picture, Elizabeth. The muted colours add to it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Lisl - I thought it looked kind of nice with not a lot of bold coloring.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2012, 22:56
wow - 'eyelash' is so right for this plant
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Doesn't it just suit it perfectly?!

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