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Andropogon hallii

Andropogon hallii Hack.

Sand Bluestem

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Andropogon gerardii var. incanescens, Andropogon gerardii var. paucipilus, Andropogon hallii var. incanescens, Andropogon paucipilus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun


USA: AZ , CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY
Canada: MB
Native Distribution: ND & e. MT, s. to TX & AZ
Native Habitat: Sandy hills & plains

Growing Conditions

Water 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 Insects

Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: A period of cold-moist stratification enhances germination.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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