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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)

This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Bothriochloa laguroides ssp. laguroides, Silver Beardgrass. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.


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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 4 feet tall, often shorter.

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.

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

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 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: 2022-12-16
Research By: DEW

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