Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

 
 
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  • Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass
  • Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass
  • Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Exclusive. Blonde Ambition is a native grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flowers appear in mid-summer and age to blonde seed heads by fall. They are held on the plant right through the winter to provide many months of ornamental interest. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 27061

Details

Plant Select Winner 2011 30-36" tall x 30-36" wide (propagated by division). Seldom does a new grass selection offer the gardener something so completely different and exciting. Its profusion of big, showy chartreuse flowers, held horizontally above the leaves is unlike any other ornamental grass in cultivation.

An exceptionally large growing selection of our native Blue Grama, it has 2 1/2 to 3 ft. tall stems of flowers that mature to long lasting blonde seed heads. These flag-like flowers rise up out of the blue-green foliage in mid-summer and are held on stiff, weather resistant stems. 'Blonde Ambition' provides exceptional winter interest as the stems of seed heads pop up even after a heavy snow and remain standing through winter, giving the grass 6 to 8 months of garden color and texture.

This beauty is extremely cold hardy, grows in a wide range of soil types and is a perfect choice for low maintenance home or commercial landscapes. 'Blonde Ambition' is native to 26 states and performs well across the country, particularly in hardiness zones 4-9. Discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens.

Blonde Ambition Grass was named by the Plant Select gardeners' survey as the best perennial of 2013.

SKU 27061
Common Name Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass
Botanical Name Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Wheat
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Mature Spread 30-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

Planting Guides

Caring For Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Cutting back Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition) should be done in mid-spring when the new green grass blades begin to sprout from the crown. The stems holding the seed heads are very resilient and stay upright even after a snowy winter, so the grass looks good until mid-spring.

Cut back to a height of 2 to 3 inches above ground level and scratch out the crown with gloved hands to loosen thatch and make room for the new growth to push up and out.

Mulching: Blonde Ambition (and many ornamental grasses) don't need mulching. But if planted in a mulched bed, Blonde Ambition is very adaptable as to the type of mulch. We recommend that the mulch layer around the plant be thin (less than an inch deep).
View or download our complete Planting Guide (pdf) for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Our Standard Plant Shipping is 3 Days!

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Your plant orders are scheduled to arrive within 3 days or less of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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High Country GardensBouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition
 
4.7

(based on 9 reviews)

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  • Hardy (8)
  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Versatile (3)

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5.0

Blonde Ambition

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from Rapid City SD

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

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    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

    Absolutely beautiful! Does great here in Zone 4.

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    5.0

    Out Performs Any Grass - Beautiful And Tough

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    from Arlington, Tx

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    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

      I xeriscape our front yard with Blonde Ambition. It out performs any full-sun grass. It establishes easily and quickly and requires almost no extra water.
      The little fluffy seed heads are beautiful year-round.

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      5.0

      Garden Beauty

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      from Wilson, Idaho High Mountain Desert

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
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        Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

        Everyone comment on how much this beauty looked in the garden last year. It is an excellent back drop to my desert flowers. This is it's second year is and came back great.

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        4.0

        I love this plant

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        from Chino Valley, AZ

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy
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          Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

          this was a plant in the Hero Habitat I purchased and the extras I bought were used to augment a larger area

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Uncertain

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          from Paonia, CO

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

              No sign of life yet this year, but perhaps it's early. I planted them mid-summer and they did all right: not a lot of growth, but it was very hot. We have Very Poor soil.

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              5.0

              Love this one!

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              from Lubbock, TX.

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                The first year I grew this in a pot. It did well and the unusual blooms provided an interesting accent. This spring it is planted in the border. It is coming up and looking like it will do even better in the ground.

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                5.0

                wow

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                from NM

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                • Attractive
                • Hardy
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                • Versatile

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                  • Patio
                  • Pool Area

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                  naturally beautiful up/outwards growth, very healthy and hardy and a sturdy grass (a yr later going strong/steady growing)! And comes with money back guarantee.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  NOT your regular bouteloua

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                  from Flagstaff AZ

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                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

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                    • Garden
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                    • Outdoors
                    • Patio
                    • Pool Area

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                    I live at 7000' in Flagstaff AZ. I love my native Blue Grama grass and thought, what's the deal about blonde ambition? WELL. It has a tighter growth pattern, more impressive seed heads, and best of all, once the weather turns cold, it stays upright and turns an incredible reddish orange. I love love love this grass. I'm only in my second year of it and cannot wait until it starts peaking next year.

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Worth the $

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                    from sunny side of a flat rock, NM

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                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
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                    • I Didnt Buy Enough

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                      Triples height/width in 3 months in some generic potting mix, mixed with the yard dirt of clay soil, just planted next to cinder block wall in backyard/alley, full sun all times- all plants thrives well in oven like 120 degrees/winter temp of 18 degree (so far) desert conditions by the White Sands. I did not keep moist after 2 months, occasionally water though after they stabilized/settled. Plants are guaranteed, style of starter pots the grass arrived/grows in and the ingenious design of damaged proof shipping container/packaging the plants are amazing...very well thought out and works! All emails answered within hours.
                      I planted this with silky grass also found on this site...
                      the picture shown here is many plants, alone they seem sparse being grass like stalks, their first year... mine have grew up then gently spread upwards/outwards they are not clustered in patches, like them that way you can see the movement/flutters/actual plant and how it changes....

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                      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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