Blue Grama Grass

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Pictured here is a group of Blue Grama seed heads. They are almost perpendicular to the stem of the plant and have a beautiful colour to them. They almost seem iridescent.

Blue Grama Grass is grown in a wide area on the western side of the North American continent. It can be found from New Mexico to Saskatoon and all the places in between. It’s on the Endangered Species list in Illinois, but is a very hardy plant that withstands drought well. Its tolerance to drought makes it an important species for preventing erosion, because its roots hold down soil and prevent it from blowing. Even though it’s a tough plant with respect to drought, once plowed under, grama grass can take up to 50 years to reestablish itself. With the number of unbroken acres declining in North America, this plant it becoming increasingly difficult to find in the wild.

Sources: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/blue_grama-grass.htm,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouteloua_gracilis, http://www.naturehills.com/blue-grama-native-grass-plugs

About Prairie Habitat Garden

Our Prairie Habitat Garden is an innovative plan that will contribute to the University of Saskatchewan's historical campus by transforming the close proximity to the Education College building from an underused and deteriorating asset to a thriving environmentally based teaching resource. This project ensures the ecological integrity of our natural and working lands while providing an exceptional educational opportunity for pre-service teachers, teachers, schools, and the general public to learn about preserving and recreating natural ecosystems. Concurrent with the building of this garden, local elementary and high schools will build prairie habitat gardens on their schools' properties. These natural habitat gardens should inspire visitors to create their own habitat gardens.
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