Andropogon glomeratus

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Bushy Bluestem

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Also known as Andropogon glomeratus var. glomeratus, Andropogon glomeratus var. hirsuitior, Andropogon glomeratus var. pumilus, Andropogon glomeratus var. glaucopsis, Andropogon glaucopsis

Plant Specifics

Size:3-5 (6) ft tall by 1-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Green
Fruit Color:Silvery green turning orange
Habitats:Flatwoods, marshes


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.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Seeds eaten by various small birds and other wildlife. 

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.