Botanical Name: Bouteloua gracilis 'Hachita'
Common Name: Hachita Blue Grama  
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Water Saving Tip:

Even though it's hot, your lawn only needs to be watered twice a week to stay healthy.

And don't water the whole lawn for a brown spot—drag out a hose.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Grass


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Green, White


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Yellow Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Lawn, Parking Strip, Roadside, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

A vigorous selection of blue grama, it makes an ideal low water lawn. Grows about 4 to 15 inches tall; leave it unmowed for a natural look, or mow it for a soft, inviting lawn. It is a warm season grass, and so goes dormant during the cooler fall and spring months, and the winter. Plays very well with native perennials, so plant it with some prairie natives for a low-maintenance meadow. Blue grama has a charming little seedhead, reminiscent of eyelashes, that if left unmowed, is very attractive.
Blue grama needs full sun and well-draining soil. It requires only 2 inches of water per month. It is a warm-season grass, which means it will be dormant (and tawny colored) from mid fall until the warmer part of spring. Plant seed, plugs, or sod (see Guides). Requires only 3 to 4 mowings all season, or don't mow at all, and have a billowy, prairie-like lawn.