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The natural beauty of the native Blue Grama grass is taken to another level with the Blonde Ambition variety. The horizontal seed heads resemble elegant, small flags, and they have colors that range from chartreuse to blonde. The delicate blooms hover over the two-foot blue-green stems. The Blonde Ambition has won awards for its low water conditions, long-lasting attractiveness, and resistance to pests. This plant is known to even pop back up after the heavy snowfalls in the winter season. For these reasons, the Blonde Ambition is an ornamental grass that has become very popular in the marketplace.
This versatile and distinctive plant can be used in contemporary landscapes or rustic gardens. The Blonde Ambition will reach a height and width of 28 to 32 inches. With its towering height, the Blonde Ambition makes an excellent plant to add with other grasses or flowering perennials. For an impressive look, you can plant this grass in masses to help accentuate its stunning flowers. Since the Blonde Ambition is a type of native species of the shortgrass family, it is incredibly adaptable and tolerant of most soils that are well-draining.
These plants are heat-tolerant. They are also cold hardy for those who want to plant them in colder climates. The Blonde Ambition Grama grass needs full sunshine and water for the best performance in your outdoor space. However, the plant does have excellent drought tolerance, and it will perform in a wide range of soils, except poorly-drained ones. It is a self-seeding plant so that you never have to worry about pollination.
This plant does not require heavy feeding. You will want to avoid any high nitrogen-based fertilizers. For those who want to add some fertilizer, you should stick to organic or natural products that can be mixed with compost. A feeding should be done in the late fall. If you want to topdress the plant, you should scratch the soil surface and irrigate it to help activate the soil’s organisms.
The Blonde Ambition is a warm-season growing grass. You will need to cut it to a height of two to four inches in the middle of the spring. This cutting should be done before the plants go into an active growth stage during those warm spring nights. Thatching can be done with a hand cultivator or gloved hands. You need to remove the thatch to make room for interior growth near the center of the plant. The Blonde Ambition should be cut to the ground in late winter.
For long term care, the Blonde Ambition must be divided every three to five years in the early to mid-spring. Once the center of the grass becomes loose and new growth begins to form on the outer edge, you will want to divide the plant. If you’re going to split the plant, you should dig out each clump into a medium-sized ball. That clump should be cut into quarters as you remove any dead stems or roots. When you want to add the section back to the ground, you must add compost into the hole and back-fill space.
The 2011 Plant of the Year Award winner goes to the Blonde Ambition Grama grass. This native ornamental grass will give your outdoor space an elegant and updated look. With its chartreuse flowers that appear in the summer, you will have a stunning piece for your yard. By fall, the blonde seed heads will provide more outstanding color for you to enjoy. When you want a stunning ornamental for your landscape, the only choice is the Blonde Ambition Grama grass.
At Arbor Valley Nursery, we have a full range of grasses, shrubs, and trees. We can help you find the right natural elements for your customers, including the exceptional Blonde Ambition Grama grass. Our team is ready to help your landscaping, nursery, or garden center business. To learn more about our inventory or a particular plant, make sure to fill out the contact form.
- An upright clump of blue-green grass. Horizontally held yellow seedheads. Native to dry prairies.
- Drought Tolerant
- Native to North America
- Light Requirement: Sun
- Maintenance Category: Easy
- Bloom Time: Mid Summer / Late Summer
- Hardiness Zones: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
- Water Category: Average
- Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil
- Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil
- Cut Flower
- Mass Planting
Grow in any well-drained soil. Tolerates poor soils. Drought tolerant once established.
Blonde Ambition Bouteloua gracilis USPP 22,048
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