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Sideoats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

Sideoats Grama

Establishes quickly in plantings and, being short, it shows off wildflowers

Note: This item is sold by the PLS pound.



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Bouteloua curtipendula, commonly called Sideoats Grama, is a Missouri native perennial warm season grass with distinctive oat-like seed spikes.   It tolerates wide range of soil conditions from well-drained sandy soils to heavy clays. We currently offer the following varieties/cultivars: El Reno, Butte, and Iowa native.


Forage notes

Side-oats grama produces high quality, nutritious forage enjoyed by a variety of
livestock throughout the summer and fall months. It continues to be moderately palatable into winter. This makes it one of the most important grass species of the native ranges.


Wildlife notes

Turkeys relish the seeds. Elk, deer, and antelope eat the foliage.


Landscaping notes

The unusual and attractive flowering stalks of sideoats grama makes it an intriguing addition to landscaping projects. It is tolerant of a variety of conditions and looks nice in dried flower arrangements.


Restoration notes

Sideoats Grama occurs in glades, upland prairies, savannas, and rocky openings of mesic to dry upland forests, almost always on limestone or dolomite bedrock. It is moderately drought tolerant and works well for bank stabilization and restoration of other critical areas. When actively growing and under drought stress conditions, it can be damaged by fire but is otherwise fairly tolerant of fire when dormant. It can also tolerate some spring flooding.

This plant is often used in the following mixes:

Companion Grass Mix – Dry

Videos About This Plant

To learn more about this plant, check out our videos about it and its uses.

Forage That Grows Well in the Summer

Additional information

Weight N/A

Full Sun

Seeding Rate

12 PLS lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

Jul, Aug, Sep



Specialty Uses


Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.