blue grama grass ‘Honeycomb’

Bouteloua gracilis ‘Honeycomb’, is a Poaceae native to the prairies and plains of central and western United States and southern Canada, including Illinois. Blue grama attracts numerous birds and serves as a larval host for the Garita skipperling (Oarism garita).

Plants of B. gracilis grow up to 2.5 ft. tall with a 1.5 ft. spread, in garden conditions. Blue grama is a tuft-forming grass that, like other prairie-adapted native grasses, is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and demonstrates excellent drought tolerance. Bouteloua gracilis will not grow in constantly wet soils, as this soil condition will promote root and crown rot in the species.

‘Honeycomb’ stands out with its exceptional seed heads, resembling delicate honeycomb patterns, which emerge in late spring and mature into a warm golden hue.

Botanical Name Bouteloua gracilis ‘Honeycomb’
Common Name blue grama grass ‘Blonde Ambition’
Family Poaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 10
Light Requirement full sun
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 0.75-2.5ft x 0.75-1.5ft (22-75cm x 22-45cm)
Flower Color green, cream
Attracts Wildlife hosts caterpillars of butterflies/moths, rarely browsed by mammalian herbivores
Additional Information cultivated form of a native palant. Introduced by Instrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc.
Location in Lurie Garden Northwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate​


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