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Andropogon capillipes

Andropogon capillipes Nash

Chalky Bluestem, Wetland White Bluestem

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus

USDA Symbol: ANCA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Raceme , Spike
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore inconspicuous.


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , NJ , SC , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Wetlands, wet savannas, ditches adjacent to savannas.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Drought Tolerance: High

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FACU
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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Andropogon capillipes in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Andropogon capillipes in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Andropogon capillipes


Record Modified: 2022-11-18
Research By: DEW

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