Blue Grama Grass

New Mexico State Grass

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Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis)

Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis); photo by Varina Crisfield on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike). 

Blue Grama Grass

New Mexico designated blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracillis) as the official state grass in 1973. Blue grama grass occurs in all 33 counties of New Mexico, and it is the most valuable forage grass in the state for cattle.  Sometimes called white grama, this grass is neither blue nor white.

Blue grama grass grows in a variety of habitats including sandy and loamy soils, shallow sites, rocky slopes, bottomlands, and mountain grasslands. Native Americans ground the seeds to make a flour for bread.  

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Images

Blue grama grass at Denver Botanic Gardens; photo by colorado art studio on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). 

Blue grama grass