Andropogon glomeratus

Bushy Bluestem

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Form:Grass
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green,NA
Fruit Color:Orange,green
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Fall color

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Background plant in casual landscape. Fruit stalks start out silvery green and transition to and orangy brown. Retains the old stalks through the winter.
Considerations:May fall over at the end of the season. Will be neater if old stalks are removed before new growth starts in spring.
Propagation:Division, sprigging, seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

Seeds eaten by various small birds and other wildlife. 

Insects:
 

Possible larval host plant for Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan), Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata), neamathla skipper (Nastra neamathla), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier) and twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata) butterflies.

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, marshes

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:There are several different subspecies of A. glomeratus with different affinities for upland and wetland conditions. A. glomeratus var. glaucopsis is notable as it has a blue-purple coloration and is almost always found in wetlands.