- 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.
- 3 ft.
- Silver seeds
- Fluffy, shimmering, white
NCCES plant id: 3166