Botanical Name: Bouteloua curtipendula
Common Name: Sideoats Grama  
Plant photo of: Bouteloua curtipendula
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Water Saving Tip:

Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


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, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Foundation, Lawn, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

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


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Sideoats is a clumping, warm season grass. It is cold hardy, drought tolerant, and occasional mowing, and light foot traffic. Gray-green, fine textured grass grows between 1 and 2 feet tall. Purple tinted, erect flowers emerge in June and grow 5 to 15 inches above the grass clumps, and look like little banners waving on the stems. Birds and wildlife relish the seeds, which also provides larval food for skipper butterflies.
Sow as seed or plant plugs from late spring to mid summer. Mow in early spring, for clean regrowth. Requires full sun, but tolerates a range of soil types. Very low water requirement once established. No pest or disease problems. Goes dormant in fall as