Sideoats Grama

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Go native! The Sideoats Grama Grass (Bouteloua curipendula) is a bluish to gray-green native Ornamental Grass with fine-textured upright blades and vertical flowering stems that wave in the breeze! Sideoats has the added bonus of dangling grass flowers that line one side of these flowering stems at evenly spaced intervals!

The purplish hue to the oat-like seed heads add vertical and waving texture to the landscape, growing 2-2 ½ feet in height, and forming polite low clumps a bit smaller. The leaf blades transform into a golden color in the fall, and may even show some orange or red!

Grama Grasses are a type of warm-season, native perennial Bunchgrass that is hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9. An important Range Grass, beneficial insects and wildlife loves these hardy natives.

Planting and Application:

Sideoats are ideal for native plantings and prairie restoration projects, wildflower meadows, and even formal plantings! Plant in open sunny Cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, meadows and prairie plantings to enjoy the ornamental grassy blooms. Dress up a Rock Garden, shore up the sides of a pathway or driveway, or just crown the top of a retaining wall with a pretty fringe!

Sideoats Grama Grass works great as edging and border plants, in winding rows and groupings throughout the sun landscape! Performing well almost everywhere else, so we're sure that it will fit into your garden. Use as an eye-catching specimen plant because of the unique blooms, or as accents interspersed among other native grasses, perennials and wildflowers for a lovely informal display.

Try planting with the equally unique Blue Grama and Northern Sea Oats Grasses for an incredibly unique show! Add this beautiful low-maintenance, water-wise Grass to your landscape for carefree style and a fresh new look. Ornamental Grass looks great in any style garden from contemporary to rustic.

  • Purplish Vertical Seed Heads With Evenly Spaced Dangling Florets
  • Blue-Green to Gray Green Upright Foliage
  • Golden Fall Color & Can Turn Red and/or Orange
  • Important Prairie, Range & Wildlife Native Grass
  • Borders, Edging, Sun Gardens, Specimens & Accent Groupings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Native Prairie Grasses and Ornamental Grasses do their absolute best in full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and plant grasses in very well-drained soil that won't ever get soggy. This is an extremely cold hardy grass and grows in almost any soil. Provide a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over the soil surface and water new plants regularly until they are established. Prune these warm-season grasses in the spring before new growth emerges.

  • Full Sun Perennial Native Grass
  • Well-Drained Soil Of Any Type
  • Moderate Moisture - Low Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Warm-Season Prairie Grass

Sideoats Grama Grass will add its unique native beauty to your landscape without asking for much in return! Order yours today from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sideoats Grama Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Bouteloua curipendula
Type Perennial
Mature Height 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 feet
Mature Spread 1-2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color purplish-tinged oat-like seed heads
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Winter