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Low Water Demand Grasses

The City of Arvada Plant List - Low Water Demand Grasses will help you to select drought-tolerant species for your landscaping projects.


Common Name Botanic Name

Wheat Grasses

Agropyron spp.

Big Bluestem Grass

Andropogon gerardii

Sand Bluestem

Andropogon hallii

Sideoats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

Blue Grama

Bouteloua gracilis

Smooth Brome

Bromus ineris

Buffalo Grass

Buchloe dactyloides

Prairie Sandreed

Calamovifa longifolia

Arizona Fescue

Festuca arizonica

Blue Fescue

Festuca glauca, ovina

Blue Avena Grass

Helictotrichon sempervirens

Indian Rice Grass

Oryzopsis hymenoides


Panicum virgatum

Reed Canary Grass

Phalaris arundinacea

Plum Grass

Saccharum ravannae

Little Bluestem Grass


Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans ‘Sioux Blue’

Mexican Feather Grass

Stipa tenuissuma