Side Oats Gamma
Bearing the name of two Spanish botanists who were siblings, Claudio and Esteban Bouteloua, these intriguing warm season perennial grasses have an aesthetic appeal and an historic past. Integral elements of the famed North American short grass prairies, otherwise called the Great Plains, Bouteloua are steadfast natives that belong to a large 40 member strong family, extending from Canada to Argentina.
For its distinctive inflorescences, colorful fall foliage and phenomenal drought tolerance, this Midwestern denizen reigns supreme. Purplish oat-like spikelets, uniformly draped along one side of the upright or arching stalks, eventually blanch to a straw hue. Withstanding a wide range of soil types and difficult sites, Side Oats Gamma forms erect, wiry light green clumps that manifest violet, orange and red autumnal shades. Planted in drifts, meandering amid other medium-statured grasses and smaller perennials, a dramatic statement is yours to enjoy, while the birds and butterflies feast on the fodder.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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