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Bothriochloa saccharoides

Bothriochloa saccharoides (Sw.) Rydb.

Silver bluestem, Longspike silver bluestem

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Amphilophis saccharoides, Andropogon saccharoides


USDA Native Status: PR (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: The florets (flowers) of grasses are usually so minute that they are not visible to the naked eye. The panicle branches of this grass are silvery white, silky and dense.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay


Use Ornamental: Attractive
Use Wildlife: Graze, Nesting material, Seeds-granivorous birds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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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:

Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2013-08-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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