Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Splitbeard Bluestem

Splitbeard Bluestem

Andropogon ternarius

Full to part sun, moderately dry to dry moisture level, prefers sandy soils, very strongly acid to neutral pH.  2-4 feet height, blooms late summer into fall, green flowers, slow to re-seed.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Scattered statewide but concentrated in Ridge and Valley and Blue Ridge provinces

Warm season grass known primarily for its attractive silvery white seed tufts that catch the sunlight. There are only a few small leaves; the bulk of the plant is composed of flower spikes.  Can be used alone as a nice garden accent or en masse as an attractive addition to a wildflower meadow.


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