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Andropogon glomeratus

Common Name(s):
Bush beard grass, Bushy Bluestem
Categories:
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
Comment:

Native; 3/8 in. wide green leaves in summer; turn copper-orange in fall; retains color well into winter

Bush Bluestem is a tufting, perennial warm-season grass that may grow 2-4 feet in height. Foliage has a reddish tint. Interesting beard-like flowers appear in the fall.

Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Leaves: Fall; Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Deer resistance is high. Provides excellent cover year round. Host plant for Common Wood-Nymph and various skipper species of butterfly Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.

Compare this Plant to: Andropogon gerardiiAndropogon ternariusAndropogon virginicus

Season:
Fall
Light:
Sun
Height:
2-4 ft.
Zones:
7-9
Form:
Sturdy, upright
Propagation:
Seed
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Prefers moist to damp sites; not drought tolerant
Inflorescence:
Densely clustered bushy bracts at top of stems; good in cut or dried arrangements
Tags:
mammals, fall color, deer resistant, birds, resistant, deer, fall interest, winter interest, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 578

Andropogon glomeratus var Pumilus Andropogon glomeratus var Pumilus
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 4.0
Andropogon glomeratus var Pumilus Andropogon glomeratus var Pumilus
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 4.0