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Strickland, Sam C.
Bothriochloa laguroides ssp. torreyana (Steud.) Allred & Gould
Silver Beard Grass, Silver beardgrass, Silver Bluestem
Synonyms: Andropogon saccharoides var. torreyanus
Bothriochloa saccharoides var. torreyana
Dichanthium saccharoides subvar. torreyanum
USDA Symbol: bolat
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blades: Conspicuous basal cluster.
Culms: 4-16 dm. tall.
Panicles: 6-10 cm. long, dull green with a whitish, waxy bloom.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , IL , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , NE , NM , NV , OK , SC , TN , TX , UT Native Distribution:
Alabama, Missouri, and Colorado to Mexico. Native Habitat:
Relatively dryish often sandy soil in open places and roadsides. Seen on clayey soils which are well drained. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry , Moist Drought Tolerance:
High Heat Tolerant:
Open, dry, sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
Clumping grass with silky flower puffs on vertical stems. Foliage of this plant is 12 to 18 inches high and the erect flower spike
grows 2-3 feet above the foliage. As fall progresses, the leaves turn from red to purple or burnt orange. This color is held deep into winter. This plant can be used as an accent or in a prairie or meadow. Plant in well drained soil in full sun. Can take some shade but will flop over in too much shade. This plant is drought tolerant but can take some water.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Fair forage value for livestock and wildlife. It is usually only grazed in its early growth stage.
Use Other: The Kiowa were recorded to have used the stems as toothpicks.
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Skippers, Satyrs
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Treatment: No special pre-treatment.
Maintenance: Good seeder on range site, but seedlings need protection for grazing to establish a stand.
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1034
Collected Jun 7, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0804
Collected May 29, 1994 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0984
Collected Nov 7, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-512
Collected 2007-07-02 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-09-26
Research By: DEW, JSC, RLU