Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass - 2011 Plant of the Year

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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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$10.99
Zones 4 - 9
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 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 - 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
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 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)
Special Groups 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 more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide 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.

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 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.

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4.8

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  • Attractive (16)
  • Hardy (13)
  • Healthy (13)
  • Accurate instructions (11)
  • Versatile (5)

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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

Definitely a favorite!

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from Northern Wyoming

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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  • Slow Start

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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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5.0

A delightful 'blond moment'

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from Hagerstown, Md

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  • Attractive
  • Fast Growing
  • Healthy

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    • 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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    5.0

    Blond ambition

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    from Sacramento, CA

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      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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      5.0

      Strange looking but awesome!

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      from Sun City, CA

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        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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        4.0

        Must buy more!

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        from Westfield,MA.

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        • Attractive
        • Healthy
        • Humorous

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          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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          5.0

          Very impressed with this fast growing ornamental grass

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          from Brighton, CO

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            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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            5.0

            great for central texas

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            from central texas

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            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • One Tough Plant
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              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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              5.0

              Blonde Ambition

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              from Rapid City SD

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                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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                  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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                    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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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    I love this plant

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                    from Chino Valley, AZ

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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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                      3.0

                      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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy
                            • Versatile

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                              • 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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                              (5 of 6 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
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                                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.

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                                • Personal

                                (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
                                • 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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                                  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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