Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) 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. 2011 Plant of The Year

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good for Containers
Good for Cut Flowers
Attract Birds
Native
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Adds Movement
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size 30-36" tall , 30-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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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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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is an exceptionally large growing selection of our native Blue Grama Grass and 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). 30-36" tall x 30-36" wide.

Plant Select Winner 2011; 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. See inspirational photos of Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass used in the landscape at Vineyard Haven: A Napa Valley Garden That Belongs to the Land

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SKU
HC016101
Ships To Canada
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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
Height
36 inches
Mature Height
30-36" tall
Mature Spread
30-36" wide
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages
Easy to Grow, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good for Containers, Good for Cut Flowers, Attract Birds, Native, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Adds Movement
Awards
Plant Select
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Native To
North America
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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