Native Harvest Blue Grama Grass Seed

Native Harvest Blue Grama Grass Seed (Bouteloua gracilis) is a marvelous native grass that can be used for prairie restoration or as a waterwise lawn. The unique eyebrow-like flowers are a joy when they appear in mid-summer and wave in the breeze. A shorter Blue Grama strain for a tamer looking native lawn.
Zones3 - 10
Attract Birds
Winter Interest
Easy To Grow
Low Maintenance
Good For Erosion Control
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 6-24" tall
Bloom TimeEarly to mid 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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Native Harvest Blue Grama Grass Seed (Bouteloua gracilis) is one of the dominant grass species of the western short grass prairies, this marvelous native grass has much to offer. It is native over a wide area of the US and can be used for prairie restoration or as a waterwise lawn. The unique eyebrow-like flowers are a joy when they appear in mid-summer, especially when they wave back at us in the slightest breeze. 

This is primarily a grass for west of the Mississippi in regions that get about 30" or less of annual precipitation. It grows in a wide range of soil types from sandy to heavy clay and over a wide range of elevations (up to around 7,500 ft). It's a warm season grass that should be sown in late spring (once the days warm consistently) through late summer. It needs heat to germinate, so don't sow it in the fall.

As a low water lawn, sown heavily 3-4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. so that it fills in tightly. As a meadow grass, sow at 1-2 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. and can be successfully intermixed with native wildflowers seed. See our Planting Blue Grama Grass Seed guide for more information.

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Associated SKUsHC016033
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HC017330 (1 Pound) - Out of stock.
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Botanical Name
Bouteloua gracilis Native Harvest
Common Name
Native Harvest Blue Grama Grass Seed
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Seed Life Cycle
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Flower Color
Mature Height
6-24" tall
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Seeds Per Pound
Seed Coverage
1/4 lb covers 62 square feet
1 lb covers 250 square feet
5 lb covers 1,250 square feet
Soil Type
Drought/Dry Soil, Sandy Soil
Neonicotinoid Free
Attract Birds, Native, Winter Interest, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Good For Erosion Control, Adds Texture
Ships As
Additional Information
Used in pure stands for erosion control. Provides food for wildlife.
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Grass Seed Step-by-Step Planting Instructions

View Complete Grass Seed Planting Guide and Soil Preparation Guide

1. Preparing the area for planting. We recommend leveling the planting area as much as possible to eliminate high or low spots. Till the soil if possible about 4-6 inches deep, as the soil should be loose and clump-free before planting. If your area is already somewhat bare and even, we recommend skipping the tilling process as it can promote new weed growth or unwanted grass growth. You can then add Plant Success Granular Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant to improve seed germination.

2. After your soil is prepared, apply the seed at the recommended rate. Planting rates vary depending on the size of the seed:

Blue Grama Grass Hachita: seed 4 lbs covers 1000 square feet
No Mow Lawn Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 1000 square feet; 10 lbs covers 2000 square feet
Low Work and Water Dwarf Fescue Grass Seed: 5 lbs covers 500 square feet,10 lbs covers 1000 square feet.

To make sure you’re spreading the seed evenly, scatter 1/2 of the seed walking north to south and 1/2 of the seed walking east to west.

3. If you have poor soil, you could lightly apply an organic fertilizer after seeding, although this is not a necessary step for strong growth. We recommend using Yum Yum mix to amend your soil.

4. Many choose to cover their grass seed after planting, even though this is not necessary. If you do choose to cover your seed to help retain moisture and hold the seed in place, we recommend a maximum depth of 1/4”. You can cover the seed with topsoil, clean wheat or barley straw, or peat moss. Coated seeds such as Bermuda and Clover seeds should not be covered more than an 1/8” deep.

5. Water gently and regularly, keeping the seeds moist until they begin to sprout. This could mean watering more than once a day if you’re having a dry spell. Once the seeds sprout, water deeply and less frequently. This helps to ensure a deep rooted, healthy lawn or meadow.

6. Do not mow until your lawn is at the recommended height. For most grasses, this is about 3-6 weeks after planting, but could be longer depending on growing conditions. Remember to be gentle when mowing the first few times -- the seedlings will be somewhat tender.

7. After mowing several times, you can apply an organic fertilizer to promote strong growth, but this is not a necessary step.

Remember: It may take weeks or even a month for the seeds to grow.

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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