Sideoats grama is a native grass in the prairie growing from 1-3 feet tall. Sideoats grama is a dominant species in the mixed grass prairie, and is also found in the Tallgrass prairie. This native grass is a member of the Poaceae family.
Sideoats grama is commonly recognized by its distinctive one-sided arrangement of spikes. Sideoats grama occurs throughout North America, except extreme southeast and northeast portions of the continent, and is also found in Central and South America. It occurs throughout Oklahoma but is more common in the western and central parts of the state.
Sideoats grama occurs where the soil can drain very well and on rocky slopes. It is a warm season grass, meaning it grows during the spring and summer months. It begins growth in the early spring and continues growing through September. Sideoats grama produces nutritious forage, which is eaten by large mammals such as cattle and bison. It is an important forage species in the mixed-grass prairie. Wild Turkey eat the seeds.