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NC Native Plant Society:
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Andropogon ternarius

Splitbeard Bluestem, Bunchgrass, Silver Bluestem, Split Bluestem

Scientific Name:

Andropogon ternarius

Genus:

Andropogon

Species Epithet:

ternarius

Common Name:

Splitbeard Bluestem, Bunchgrass, Silver Bluestem, Split Bluestem

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, dry to moist soils of woodlands and openings. Uncommon in NC mountains, common in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Good fall color and decorative seedhead. Suitable for xeriscaping.

Very attractive racemes in Fall

Pender County, NC

The Scientific Name is Andropogon ternarius. You will likely hear them called Splitbeard Bluestem, Bunchgrass, Silver Bluestem, Split Bluestem. This picture shows the Very attractive racemes in Fall of Andropogon ternarius

Lara Berkley

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/andropogon-ternarius/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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