Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-10
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Early to Mid Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass
Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'
A sassy little Fringe for both formal and informal gardens.
$39.00
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Fun and flirty! We don’t know if blondes really do have more fun, but Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass sure seems chipper. From neat green mounds rise scores of slim stems, each topped with a short seedhead. The seedheads are attached at right angles to the stems and resemble blonde eyelashes. In summer, fall, and into winter, the delicate seedheads dance and shimmy in the breeze, bringing a playful touch to your garden. Blonde Ambition stays smaller and tidier than many Fringes. It’s perfect for those who appreciate the free-spirited feeling that Fringes provide, but also value a polished appearance to the landscape.


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-10
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Early to Mid Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Celebrate native plants! Blue Grama Grass is native to 26 states, from Washington State to Wisconsin, and ranging southward to California and Texas. This rugged Fringe even extends into Canada, where temperatures can drop to -40ºF in the winter. Before strip malls and subdivisions, it was a critical component of the vast shortgrass prairies that covered the Great Plains. Blonde Ambition is not your grandma’s Blue Grama. It is a modern selection introduced by New Mexico nurseryman David Salman in 2010. The new plant was warmly received by homeowners and landscape designers alike and has become extremely popular.

The Details

Make a Blue Grama lawn! Blonde Ambition can be planted close together and mowed to create a lawn in dry spaces. Give barren spaces new life and conserve water with this durable Fringe.

How to Grow

Give this sun-lover a warm, open spot for best results. Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass is naturally adapted to dry regions and doesn’t need a lot of water once it’s established. It may reseed a bit, but unwanted seedlings are easy to remove. Blonde Ambition is a warm-season Fringe, which means that it is slow to emerge in the spring. Have no fear—it will get going eventually. At the end of winter, cut down the old foliage and bloom spikes to clear the way for new growth. If plants seem to lack vigor after a few years, dig and divide them in early spring.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 10
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 9"-2.5' (in flower)
Avg Mature Width 9"-1.5'
Fall Leaf Color Golden Brown
Fruit Color Blonde Seed Heads
Fruit Time Fall into Winter
Foliage Color Blue Gray
Bloom Time Early to Mid Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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