Herb: Blue Grama
Latin name: Bouteloua gracilis
Synonyms: Bouteloua oligostachya
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Medicinal use of Blue Grama:The chewed roots have been applied to cuts. A decoction of the whole plant has been used as a post-partum medicine.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Deserts and prairies.
Edible parts of Blue Grama:Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a powder, mixed with water and eaten as a mush, often with corn meal. It is also used to make bread.
Other uses of the herb:The grass is sometimes used in the fill of coiled basketry. The stems can be used as a comb and broom material. The blades can be bundled by a cord and the stiff end used as a hair comb whilst the other end can be used as a broom.
Propagation of Blue Grama:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when large enough to handle and grow on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer. Division.
Cultivation of the herb:Deserts and prairies.
Known hazards of Bouteloua gracilis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.