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(Clint) Medina, TN
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2011
10:10 PM

Post #8741176

Have any of you tried this High Country Gardens plant (Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' )? I would like to get one, but I'm not sure if it will grow here in Tennessee.

Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 7, 2011
6:52 AM

Post #8741553

Zone-wise it'll be fine, what you'll want to watch out for is overwatering. HCG in their catalog almost always lists the amount of annual rainfall that their plants can handle; in this case it can grow in 30-40 in/yr areas with care (with care means perfect drainage and don't water it a lot beyond what Mother Nature gives it once it's established). Looking at rainfall maps, it appears that much of TN gets more than 30-40 in/yr If you've got a raised bed or an area with great drainage there's no harm in trying it if you really like it. Just make sure you plant it with other things that aren't going to want to be watered--once it's established if it gets watered much on top of the already too much rain that you typically get, it will not be happy.
(Clint) Medina, TN
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8741736

Thanks for the information. I wish they would come out with a better system than just zones. I've tried so many plants that were supposed to grow in this zone, but they couldn't take the heat here.
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 7, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8741967

There are some other systems out there--the American Horticultural Society has developed a system of heat zones, when you combine that with the USDA winter hardiness zones it can help give you a better idea of what will do well for you. Unfortunately it can be hard to find the heat zone listings for particular plants. The best system is Sunset's zones--they take into account summer heat, winter cold, humidity, rainfall, and other climate variables. I can't think of any plants that Sunset has said were for my zone that I haven't been able to grow, while the USDA zones let me down on a regular basis. The Sunset zones are widely used in the west but haven't gained as much traction in the eastern part of the country even though they do have zones for the whole country. I'm not sure exactly where you are in TN, but they list this grass as being able to grow in Sunset zone 33, and there are parts of TN that are zone 33.
Info on Sunset zones, includes links to map & plant finder:
Zirconia, NC

August 16, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8759435

Hi, Just bought 3 of these grasses. I live outside Hendersonville North Carolina so I will let you know how they do here. We have had a lot of extra rain this year but hopefully they will do well.

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