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Flaigg, Norman G.
Andropogon ternarius Michx.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: ante2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This is a 1 1/2 ft. bunchgrass which can reach 4 ft. in height. Ribbon-like leaves are often purplish and the silvery-white seed tufts are borne in yellow bracts along the stem. Mature plants are 6-12 in. in diameter. Split-beard bluestem is a perennial.
Frequently found growing with Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) in southeastern areas with well-drained sandy or gravelly soil, Splitbeard Bluestem is notable primarily for its silvery white seed tufts, which catch the light and look particularly attractive with the sun behind them.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Brown
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, VA Native Distribution:
Delaware and New Jersey south to the Gulf states Native Habitat:
Plains, prairies, meadows, savannahs, open woodlands, verges, often in sandy soil
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained sand or sandy loam
BenefitUse Ornamental: An attractive bunchgrass that can be used as a garden accent or in a wildflower meadow or prairie.
Use Wildlife: Seeds-granivorous birds, Seeds-Small mammals, Nesting material, Graze
Deer Resistant: No
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Seed and root division during winter dormancy
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Stems may be cut back in winter, after the grass has gone to seed.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1000
Collected 2010-11-29 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff