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Split Bluestem Andropogon ternarius

Description

An native ornamental bunchgrass in the Poaceae family.  Adropogons were used for boomstraw.  Leaf blades are slender and devlop a blue cast as they age.  In the fall the blades turn shades of copper for great fall interest in the garden.  Seed heads are fluffy and shimmering in the wind.  Looks beautiful in many settings including meadows, cottage gardens, or planted en masse.

Splitbeard Bluestem is a perennial, warm-season grass that grows up to 3 feet tall with a 2 foot spread. Summer foliage is blue-green turning copper, red, and bronze in the fall. From late summer through fall, fluffy, silver seed heads catch the sun.

Compare this Plant to: Andropogon gerardii, Andropogon glomeratusAndropogon virginicus

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#native#butterflies#fall color#birds#native plants#wildlife plant#winter interest#fall interest#ornamental grass#cottage garden#meadow#mammals#deer resistant#broomstraw
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Andropogon
    Species:
    ternarius
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    US
    Wildlife Value:
    High deer resistance. Provides excellent cover year round. Host plant for Common Wood-Nymph and various skipper species of butterflies. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Vase
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Dried
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Fluffy, Shimmering, white
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Copper in fall
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Near Septic
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer