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Bothriochloa laguroides (Silver bluestem)
Fannon, Carolyn

Bothriochloa laguroides

Bothriochloa laguroides (DC.) Herter

Silver Bluestem, Silver Beardgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: BOLA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), HI (I)


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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 Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , HI , IL , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , NE , NM , NV , OK , SC , TN , TX , UT
Native Habitat: Grows in well-drained soils of grasslands, prairies, roadsides, river bottoms, and woodlands, often on limestone.

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Grasses and wildflowers for Houston meadow
February 28, 2008
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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Master Naturalists - Lost Pines Chapter - Bastrop, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: DEW

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