Andropogon ternarius Michx.

Split Beard Broom Sedge, Bluestem

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Andropogon

Category: Grass

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 2 - 3' tall, 6 to 12" spread.

Exposure: Sun


Drought tolerant bunchgrass. Do not use heavy mulch. Blue-green ribbon-like foliage with purple to bronze color in autumn. Small white v-shaped inflorescences in late summer and autumn. Upright flower stems but foliage arches.


Native to the southeast US.

Published in Fl. Bor.-Amer. (Michaux) 1: 57 in 1803.


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