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*RETAIL - Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

*RETAIL - Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

A tufted, warm-season bunchgrass native to prairies, plains, open rocky woodlands and along railroad tracks throughout the Western U.S. Known as Blue Grama, these grasses will reach a height of 12-15" tall and wide. 'Blonde Ambition' distinguishes itself from the species by its chartreuse flowers (instead of purple) which make a striking contrast with the blue-gray leaf blades. The flowering stems are also much taller, as much as 2.5' tall above the clump! Flowers then produce interesting blonde seedheads which remain on the stalks until early winter. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Cold hardy to usda zone 4.




Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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