Andropogon glomeratus

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Common Name: Bushy Bluestem, Bushy Beardgrass

Full sun, wet to medium moisture level, tolerates a wide range of soils including clay, strongly acid to slightly acid pH.  2-4 feet height, blooms late summer into fall, silvery pink to white flowers, freely self-seeds.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Cumberland Plateau and Ridge and Valley provinces

Warm season, clump-forming grass that is easy to grow. Grown for its attractive foliage and feathery flower/seed panicles.  Usually occurs in wet soils on edges of marshes or in low wet spots.  Ideal for wetland gardens.  Perhaps best for large-scale gardens because it seeds heavily and may fall over once it reaches full height. Attracts birds and butterflies; larval host for skippers and satyrs.

Bushy Bluestem, Bushy Beardgrass - Andropogon glomeratus 2
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center