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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Grass (Native Species)


Chris Grondahl photo: Sideoats grama
Chris Grondahl
  Sideoats grama
(Bouteloua curtipendula)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: upland prairies, on weakly developed, calcareous, and fine textured soils
Description: Warm-season, midgrass. Seeds are arranged in one-sided spikes, which hang down along the stem. Plant may be slight reddish in late summer and fall.
Height: 8-24 inches
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Sideoats grama get it's name from it's one sided seed spikes. It is commonly used in seed mixtures to restore native grasslands.


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