Bouteloua aristidoides (Kunth) Griseb.
Bouteloua aristidoides is a grass.
Bouteloua aristidoides was already described and the name validly published by Karl Sigismund Kunth. It was August Heinrich Rudolf Grisebach, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1864.
The grasses reach heights of 5 to 50 centimetres.
Bouteloua aristidoides is deciduous. The brown, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large and have a glabrous surface.
Flowers and Fruits
Bouteloua aristidoides produces racemes of brown flowers from July to September.
The grasses carry ornamental caryopses.
The plants form fibrous roots.
Bouteloua aristidoides is native to the Southwest of the US, the southern Prairie States of the US, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
- low: calcareous soil
- high: city climate
Bouteloua aristidoides is considered a valuable wild perennial. The ornamental value lies especially in the attractive winter aspect. The recommended planting distance is 35 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as a neighbour to roses, slope plant 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.