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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition') at Gertens

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama fruit

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama fruit

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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition') at Gertens

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama fruit

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Mosquito Grass

Brand:  Gertens

Description:

This cultivar is noted for its distinctive arrangement of horizontal, eyelash-like chartreuse flowers that give way to blond seed heads that persist through winter; blue-green foliage turns hues of gold in fall; use as a border accent or groundcover

Ornamental Features

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama features airy spikes of chartreuse flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive grassy leaves are bluish-green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama is an herbaceous perennial grass with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features