Red grama

Bouteloua trifida



This grass is tufted with erect or prostrate stems growing from short rootstocks. The blades are short and narrow. The stems have three to seven spikes that are red or purplish to pale. The spikelets have three short, rough awns.

Red grama is a perennial, warm-season, native - 5 to 10 inches tall.

Poor grazing for both livestock and wildlife.


Grows on upland hills and ridges on shallow soils. Increases on overgrazed ranges.