- Common Name(s):
- Bush beard grass, Bushy Bluestem
- Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
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.
- 2-4 ft.
- Sturdy, upright
- Full sun
- Prefers moist to damp sites; not drought tolerant
- Densely clustered bushy bracts at top of stems; good in cut or dried arrangements
NCCES plant id: 578