Bouteloua gracilis

Blue grama            



Blue grama is a low-growing, six-to- 12-inch-tall warm season perennial sod or bunch grass. Its seed stalks, with two comb-like purplish spikes on each side, occasionally grow as high as four feet. The blue grama is found in all areas of New Mexico, but especially on sand, loam, shallow sites, bottomlands and mountain grasslands, mostly between 3,000 and 8,000 feet. The blue grama was adopted as the official state grass in 1973 by the state legislature.