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Andropogon ternarius

Common Name(s):
Splitbeard bluestem
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials

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.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Leaves: Summer/Fall; Bloom: Late summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

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.

Compare this Plant to: Andropogon gerardii, Andropogon glomeratusAndropogon virginicus

3 ft.
Silver seeds
Fluffy, shimmering, white
mammals, fall color, birds, meadow, wildlife, fall interest, cottage garden, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 3166

Andropogon ternarius Andropogon ternarius
Tom Potterfield, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Andropogon ternarius Inflorescence
FWC Fish and Wildilfe Commission, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0