Bouteloua gracilis
“Eyebrow Grass”

Native to many of the prairies of the west and midwest United States, this bunch grass was an important plant for retaining the soil. When much of it was plowed under for agriculture, the loss of the root structure contributed to the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. Named “Eyebrow Grass” because the flowers resemble an eyebrow floating on thin stems. Grows to 18” tall. Can be used as a lawn substitute, although it goes deciduous in winter. Very drought tolerant and looks great mixed with wildflowers. Also tolerates heat, cold and mowing. Blooms all summer. Flowers look good back lit by the setting sun and make good dried flowers.

Kelly Kilpatrick

Low-Average water
Perennial bunchgrass
USDA Zones 3-10