Bouteloua curtipendula is a Wisconsin Native perennial grass that is found throughout the US. A tough plant, it tolerates drought and thrives in a wide range of soil conditions. Surprisingly ornamental, it produces hanging spikelets tinged with purple and red and is spectacular when planted in large sweeps. A natural for meadows and native plantings, it also prevents erosion on hillsides and slopes.
The Bouteloua genus is named to honor Claudio and Esteban Boutelou, Spanish agronomists who collected and studied plants in the New World in the early 1800s.
A Native, Naturally! Grass, it prefers part sun to part shade in average, well-drained soil.
Image courtesy of Ivy Garth Seeds.