Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.
Bouteloua curtipendula is a grass.
Bouteloua curtipendula was already described and the name validly published by AndrÃ© Michaux. It was John Torrey, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1853.
The grasses reach heights of 50 to 80 centimetres.
Bouteloua curtipendula is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Bouteloua curtipendula produces racemes of brown flowers from July to September.
The grasses produce caryopses.
The plants form fibrous roots.
Bouteloua curtipendula is native to Ontario, the Northeast of the US, the central Northeast of the US, the Rocky Mountains, the Southeast of the US, the southern Prairie States of the US, California, the Southwest of the US, Mexico and Central America.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They prefer gritty loam with a pH between 5,5 and 8,5. The plants need a soil depth of at least 30 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -35Â°C (USDA zone 4).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
- steppes/dry forests (usually calcareous soil)
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
- low: calcareous soil
- high: city climate
The recommended planting distance is 40 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 3 to 10. Suited as groundcover and as cut flowers.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.