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Andropogon hallii

Sand bluestem

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Andropogon hallii (Sand bluestem)
Sand bluestem is a 3-5 ft., perennial grass that resembles big bluestem but is more rhizomatous. Blue-green stems support a three-parted seedhead.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun


USA: AZ , CO , IL , IN , IA , KS , MN , MT , NE , NM , ND , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY
Canada: MB
Native Distribution: ND & e. MT, s. to TX & AZ
Native Habitat: Sandy hills & plains

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Sand.
Conditions Comments: Sand bluestem is useful for controlling erosion of sand dunes and blow out areas.

Last Update: 2009-02-20