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Andropogon glaucopsis

Andropogon glaucopsis Elliott

Purple Bluestem, Chalky Bluestem

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Andropogon glomeratus var. glaucopsis, Andropogon virginicus var. glaucopsis

USDA Symbol: ANGL10

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
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.
Leaf: Chalky blue-green.
Flower: Bushy inflorescence.

Bloom Information

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


Native Habitat: Pine savanna, bogs, ditches, swamps, pond margins, and swales.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW
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 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
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 glaucopsis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Andropogon glaucopsis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Andropogon glaucopsis


Record Modified: 2023-01-02
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