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Sideoats grama seed

Sideoats grama seed

Sideoats grama seed

Side-oats grama is a bunchy or sod-forming grass with 2-3 ft. stems in erect, wiry clumps. Purplish, oat-like spikelets uniformly line one side of the stem, bleaching to a tan color in the fall. The basal foliage often turns shades of purple and red in fall. This is a perennial warm season grass; clump forming. Two varieties are recognized: variety curtipendula is shorter and more rhizomatous and ranges from southern Canada to Argentina. Variety caespitosa spreads more by seed than by rhizomes, is more of a bunchgrass, and is restricted mostly to southwestern North America.

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Sideoats grama is common in the prairies of the Great Plains, and widespread elsewhere, but in New England it is rare. It is considered native to western Connecticut, where there are a handful of populations, but introduced to Maine in rare deposits of waste material including seeds. Its rarity may be due in part to its restriction to areas of high-pH soils and dry to sandy habitats. Dam building, shading due to forest succession, and invasive species are probable factors in sideoats grama decline.Side-oats grama is a bunchy or sod-forming grass with 2-3 ft. stems in erect, wiry clumps. Purplish, oat-like spikelets uniformly line one side of the stem, bleaching to a tan color in the fall. The basal foliage often turns shades of purple and red in fall. This is a perennial warm season grass; clump forming. Two varieties are recognized: variety curtipendula is shorter and more rhizomatous and ranges from southern Canada to Argentina. Variety caespitosa spreads more by seed than by rhizomes, is more of a bunchgrass, and is restricted mostly to southwestern North America.

Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) is a charming warm-season grass with small oat-like seeds that dangle along one side of the stalk. Small bright purple and orange flowers are especially attractive when the grass blooms. Combine it effectively with other low-growing grasses and flowers in a meadow landscape in well-drained sand to loam soils. Sideoats Grama is a larval host plant for several Skipper butterflies and moths.Sideoats grama is a native perennial clump-forming grass. The rootstalks are creeping rhizomes. The flowering stalks are 1–3 feet tall, mostly erect or somewhat arched toward the tip. The leaf blades are flat and reach about 1 foot long and about ¼ inch wide; the bases of the leaf blades have short hairs that are widely spaced along the margins. The 30–70 oatlike seed spikes hang uniformly on one side of the flowering stem, and when mature, each is shed intact as a unit, leaving the main axis naked. Flower heads develop July–September. (Source: mdc.mo.gov)

 

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