Andropogon glomeratus (Walter) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

Bushy Beard Grass, Bluestem Grass

Courtesy Forest and Kim Starr

Courtesy Forest and Kim Starr

Photo credit: Plants of Hawaii

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Andropogon

Category: Grass

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 3 to 6' tall, 2 to 3' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Likes moist ground. Not drought tolerant. Foliage green but orange in autumn. Upright and erect. Blooms also upright, bushy, white fading to beige, in late summer - showy. Clump forming.


var. scabriglumis - Southwestern Bushy Beard Grass - native to California through New Mexico, moist areas, to 5' tall, zone 7 +.


Native to marshes and low ground in eastern US coast, also Caribbean and south America including Venezuela and Colombia.

Published in Prelim. Cat. 67 in 1888.

Basionym Cinna glomerata Walter.

Homotypic synonym Andropogon macrourus Michx.


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