Big bluestem

Andropogon gerardii

Poaceae


Description

Slender stems grow from short rootstocks. Produces tall, slim culms. The lower sheaths and leaves are usually fuzzy and very hairy. The seed heads usually come out in three branches, resembling a turkey foot. Seed matures in the fall. The ligule extends across the leaf collar, which is square. Cattle prefer this grass, so it decreases with heavy grazing.

Big bluestem is a perennial, warm-season, native - 36 to 76 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


Habitat

It's usually found growing on sandy or loamy soils.


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