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Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) 8075

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One of the most attractive flower stalks of the native grasses. Bracts hang uniformly from one side of the stem and have bright purple red anthers with white stigmas. Eventually small oat-like seeds grace the one side of its stem. Excellent in loamy and dry soils but not aggressive when planted with other tall grasses. Due to its non-aggressive, semi-clumping nature, Sideoats Grama is an excellent choice for planting with wildflowers in a meadow landscape. Seeds produced later in the season provide food for numerous song and game birds. Plant height ranges from 60-90 cm (2-3'). This perennial warm season grass is hardy to Zone 3.  350 seed/gram

  • 125g $15.50


 

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Native grasses do best when planted in the fall, between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Late fall sowings additionally stratify any seed that may be dormant. Side Oats Grama will also do well when sown in the spring. Keep in mind that should ideal growing conditions not occur, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring the following year.

Managing Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Many native plants will not bloom until the second year of growth when grown from seed. Avoid the use of supplemental fertilizer as this encourages weeds at the expense of the native plants. During the establishment year, native species plantings should be watered when dictated by the weather. The following year’s growth adapts easily to local climate and soil conditions needing only what nature provides. Mow to 20 cm (8") height at least once through the first year of growth should aggressive weeds threaten to take over the planting and again after the fall frosts have reduced annual foliage. Consider a controlled burn of prairie species where municipal laws permit. The encroachment of woody or non-prairie vegetation is curtailed by fire allowing the prairie community to thrive.
High Summer
Perennial
Direct Sow in Spring However Direct Sow in Fall is Preferred
Full Sun
Grass or Grass-like
Medium Tall (60 to 90 cm)(24 to 36")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Native of Canada
Poaceae
Bouteloua curtipendula
Ornamental specimen or mass planting.
Component in meadow rejuvenation or regeneration plantings.
Native food and cover.
Suitable for drier soils.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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