All about Sideoats Grama Grass Seeds

Sideoats grama grass is a sod-forming grass that is quite bunchy in appearance. When erect, it is generally two to three foot in height. The clumps are very wiry and the spikelets are purplish in color. They resemble oats and they always line just one side of the stem. In the fall, the color of the grass turns to tan. However, the basal foliage becomes red and purple, which is a beautiful sight. The grass is clump forming and is a warm season perennial type.

side oat grama

There are two varieties of sideoats grama grass seeds, which are:

  • Curtipendula, which is rhizomatous and short and is native anywhere in between Argentina and Canada.
  • Caespitosa, which spreads not through the rhizomes, but rather through the seeds. This grass is more bunchy and it is found mainly in the southwestern parts of North America.

This type of grass is Texas’ state grass. Furthermore, it is often used together with wild spring flowers, due to the fact that the grass remains quite short. The ripe seeds are a true delicacy to various birds. When found in its natural habitat, the grass quickly recovers even if the site is damaged through grazing or draughts.

Benefits of Sideoats Grama :

  • It is a beautiful ornamental grass. It is very attractive and loves to grow in wildflower meadows. It can also be used for prairie restoration, as well as in domestic properties to accent gardens.
  • It is also a perfect type to release into the wildlife. It is an excellent food for birds, as well as providing them with cover and nesting material. Other mammals can use it for grazing.
  • It has conspicuous flowers, which are interesting to study.
  • The grass attracts both birds and butterflies, which is lovely in a domestic garden.
  • It is susceptible to the dotted skipper butterfly and green skipper butterfly larvae, but these turn into beautiful creates afterwards.
  • The grass is highly resistant to deer.

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