Common Name: Mosquito grass, blue grana, eyelash plant
Bouteloua gracilis is a grass, native to North America from the Prairies south to northern Mexico. Its flowering stems terminate in little spiikelets which look like mosquitos or thick eyelashes. It can be found in the Grass Bed and a cultivar in the Backyard Bird Garden.
Also called blue grama or mosquito grass, this genus is named after two Spanish botanists, Claudio and Esteban Boutelou. There is a blond variety in the Backyard Bird Garden. It is native to North American prairies. The "mosquitos" refer to the flowers which hover about the foliage and look like dried insects.