Plant DetailShow Menu

Bushy Bluestem Andropogon glomeratus

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
an-dro-POH-gon glaw-mer-AY-tuss
Description

Bush Bluestem is a tufting, sturdy, warm-season grass. This plant prefers moist to damp sites and is not drought tolerant.

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

Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#red#fall#butterflies#sun#fall color#birds#songbirds#full sun#fall flowers#orange#perennial#resistant#orange leaves#wildlife plant#copper#red leaves#damp soil#cut flowers#winter interest#fall interest#ornamental grass#grass#mammals#dried flowers#small mammals#moist soil#deer resistant#copper leaves#skipper butterflies
Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#red#fall#butterflies#sun#fall color#birds#songbirds#full sun#fall flowers#orange#perennial#resistant#orange leaves#wildlife plant#copper#red leaves#damp soil#cut flowers#winter interest#fall interest#ornamental grass#grass#mammals#dried flowers#small mammals#moist soil#deer resistant#copper leaves#skipper butterflies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Andropogon
    Species:
    glomeratus
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    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.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer, moist and damp soil
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    This plant has interesting beard-like flowers that appear in the fall. The inflorescence has densely clustered, bushy bracts at top of stems. The inflorescence is good in cut or dried arrangements.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has 3/8 in. wide green leaves in summer which turns copper-orange in fall and retains color well into winter. Foliage has a reddish tint.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Wet Soil