Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass - 2011 Plant of the Year

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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition) is a native ornamental 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 interest.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / 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 HBLDYXX

Details

Plant Select Winner 2011 30-36" tall x 30-36" wide. An exceptionally large growing selection of our native Blue Grama Grass, Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition 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' Blue Grama Grass 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.

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. 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' Grass is native to 26 states and performs well across the country, particularly in hardiness zones 4-9. Cut back old stems to 2-3” above ground-level in mid-spring. Divide every third year. Discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens. (Propagated by division).

2011 High Country Gardens Plant of the Year. Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass was named by the Plant Select gardeners' survey as the best perennial of 2013.

Associated SKUs
HBLDYXX
27061 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
27061F (Plant - Flat of 18) - Out of stock.
Common Name Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass - 2011 Plant of the Year
Botanical Name Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Mature Spread 30-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & 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).
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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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4.6

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  • Attractive (20)
  • Hardy (17)
  • Healthy (17)
  • Accurate instructions (14)
  • Versatile (7)

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  • Garden (18)
  • Outdoors (16)
  • Lawn (4)
  • Patio (4)
  • Pool area (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

NOT your regular bouteloua

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...Read complete review

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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Uncertain

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...Read complete review

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

Gorgious

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from Bakersfield, VT

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area
    • Sculptural aspect

    Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

    What a great plant. Love the horizontal eyelashes! Very healthy on arrival and thrived in the nursery bed!

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    4.0

    Need Some More of These!

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    from Southwest Michigan

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    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Healthy
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

      Was less 'blonde' than I thought it would be, but was healthy and established pretty quickly. I don't know if it made it through the winter yet; it's still too cold for it to come out of dormancy if it did. If It lives, I am getting some more.

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      5.0

      Fantastic texture and color!

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      from Highland Village Texas

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      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

          Bought 3 plants for texture in my rock garden. Just last week had to move and divide due to their size and to appreciate the movement of the grasses better as they were crammed between other plants. Extremely happy with the grass...moves beautifully in the breeze!

           
          4.0

          Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition

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          from Oak Hills, California (Monterey County)

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Small In Size

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

          These grasses are doing well in heavy clay soil with very little water. Sunlight is also limited in our foggy California Central Coast location. Their growth rate is slow under these conditions, but they are healthy and I'm looking forward to their bloom period.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Still waiting for green...

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          from Harding County, New Mexico

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

              I planted Blonde Ambition as a landscape specimen, expecting that it would eventually spread. Of the four plants that I bought, only two are greening up this Spring. The other two appear to be dead. All are in the same area and receive the same care. I am not sure if it was the winter that killed them, or if they were not the healthiest of plants when they arrived. I am usually satisfied with your products, but disappointed about these.

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              5.0

              Survived!!

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              from Salt Lake City, Utah

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                • Garden
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                Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                I was relieved this lovely grass survived our very long, cold winter. It is still very small - hardly yet even an inch high. I'm eager for it to grow.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Definitely a favorite!

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                from Northern Wyoming

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                • Slow Start

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                The Blonde Ambition gracilis is a really lovely grass. I grouped 6-7, staggered along either side of a path. Love how the grass heads stand out, nice effect!! In northern Wyoming, the plants were slow to get new growth but picked up nicely after settling. The deer & rabbits don't like them either. Been over a year and they are flourishing. Definitely a favorite!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A delightful 'blond moment'

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                from Hagerstown, Md

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Fast Growing
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors
                  • Winter Interest

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                  My 3 little plants arrived healty looking, but small. I thought I'd be waiting a couple years for a big show. But I was wrong! They ended the season as tall, full clumps of grass. I am leaving them for winter interest because the seed heads are so pretty! I'm so pleased with my choice.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Blond ambition

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                  from Sacramento, CA

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                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

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                    • Garden

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                    Many, many Californians are ripping out thirsty lawns and planting low water landscapes. The Blond
                    Ambition grass is one of my new plants and it seems to like our hot valley climate. I like the floaty seed heads, they are horizontal and move nicely in a breeze. This is their first winter, but the plants are attractive . I'm happy

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Strange looking but awesome!

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                    from Sun City, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                      This plant is different from anything else I have in my garden - that is why I like it so much. It looking like something from another plant and that is what makes it fun and enjoyable.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Must buy more!

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                      from Westfield,MA.

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Healthy
                      • Humorous

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors
                        • Pool Area

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                        I only bought one of these as its an experiment to see if it survives in New England. This plant doubled in size this summer and if it makes it through the winter I have high hopes for it and plan to buy more.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very impressed with this fast growing ornamental grass

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                        from Brighton, CO

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                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Versatile

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                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                          Planted this in a rock border on the west side of the house, in sandy soil. It gets full sun all summer long. I watered it for the first 2 weeks and then left it be, other than a rare watering if I happened to have the hose out. It did great, went from a 3 wispy sprigs to a nice clump in just 1 summer.. Am definitely planning to buy more for other areas in the yard where I want some variety but don't want to water.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          great for central texas

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                          from central texas

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                          Pros

                          • Accurate Instructions
                          • Attractive
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy
                          • One Tough Plant
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                            I saw this grass used in lieu of a lawn in California. We have simlar soil in the Austin Tx area. this plant has seen extreme weather and is thriving! from torrential down pours to extreme heat and drought it has toughed it out. Not one plant died. I wish we had bought more.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Blonde Ambition

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                            from Rapid City SD

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                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition:

                              Absolutely beautiful! Does great here in Zone 4.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Out Performs Any Grass - Beautiful And Tough

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                              from Arlington, Tx

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                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive
                              • Hardy
                              • Healthy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden
                                • Lawn
                                • Outdoors

                                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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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Garden Beauty

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                                from Wilson, Idaho High Mountain Desert

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                                • Accurate Instructions
                                • Attractive
                                • Hardy
                                • Healthy

                                Cons

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                                  • Garden
                                  • Outdoors

                                  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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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  I love this plant

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                                  from Chino Valley, AZ

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                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Instructions
                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy
                                  • Healthy

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                                    • Garden
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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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                                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Uncertain

                                    By 

                                    from Paonia, CO

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                                    • Accurate Instructions
                                    • Attractive

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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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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Love this one!

                                        By 

                                        from Lubbock, TX.

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive
                                        • Hardy
                                        • Healthy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Garden

                                          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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                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          wow

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                                          from NM

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                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Instructions
                                          • Attractive
                                          • Hardy
                                          • Healthy
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Garden
                                            • Lawn
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • 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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                                            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            NOT your regular bouteloua

                                            By 

                                            from Flagstaff AZ

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Garden
                                              • Lawn
                                              • 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.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

                                              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Worth the $

                                              By 

                                              from sunny side of a flat rock, NM

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                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Instructions
                                              • Attractive
                                              • Hardy
                                              • Healthy
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                              • I Didnt Buy Enough

                                              Best Uses

                                                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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