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Common Name: Sideoats Grama

Scientific Name: Bouteloua curtipendula

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Rangeland and Pasture
~Wildlife habitat improvements

Height: 1/2 - 3 feet

Root Type: Sod forming bunchgrass

Growing Season:Warm

Soil Types: Most, except loose sands & dense clays

Tolerances: Weak to Moderate Saline

Sun or Shade: Full Sunlight

Minimum Precipitation: 10-12 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 159,000

Optimal Planting Season: Spring/Summer

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch



Sideoats Grama is a warm-season, perennial, and sod-forming bunchgrass with short rhizomes. It is the largest and most widely distributed among the different types of gramas. While it can adapt to all soil textures, it is least tolerant to loose sands and dense clays. The forage produced by this grass is very palatable and nutritious, making it an important food source for livestock and wildlife. It also has moderate grazing tolerance, making it a valuable species for range, pasture, watershed, and wildlife habitat improvement projects. It is recommended to select a compatible variety or native seed source for best results. Sideoats Grama requires a minimum precipitation of 10-12 inches, and it is best planted in the spring or summer.

This grass is known for its unique seed arrangement, with the seeds growing on one side of the stem. It has a fine to medium texture, and it can grow up to 2-3 feet tall. Due to its drought tolerance and ability to thrive in various soil types, it is commonly used for erosion control, mine reclamation, and land restoration projects. It is also a valuable grass for grazing management, as it provides good forage quality during the summer months.



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Sideoats Grama


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