Andropogon hallii Hack.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Andropogon gerardii var. incanescens, Andropogon gerardii var. paucipilus, Andropogon hallii var. incanescens, Andropogon paucipilus
USDA Symbol: ANHA
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: ND & e. MT, s. to TX & AZ
Native Habitat: Sandy hills & plains
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
Value to Beneficial InsectsProvides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: A period of cold-moist stratification enhances germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Andropogon hallii in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff