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Splitbeard Bluestem

Andropogon ternarius

Split Bluestem

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Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map (hover for ecoregion names)

Native Habitat: Grassland, Woodland
East Central Texas Plains, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain

Maintenance

Dormant in winter, may cut back or divide

Comments

Attractive warm season bunchgrass, a good addition to landscape or wildscape. Leaves/stem may be purplish-reddish green. Striking white seed tufts. In the wild if occurs on sandy soils of savannahs and borders of woodlands. Provides food and cover for birds, native bees and small mammals.

Growth Form

Grass & Sedge

Height

1.5 to
4 ft

Spread

0.5 to
1 ft

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Well Drained

Light Requirement

Sun, Part Shade

Water Requirement

Low

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Bloom Color

Brown

Bloom Season

Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Seeds, Forage, Nesting Material

Wildlife Benefit

Birds, Small Mammals, Deer, Bees

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References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ANTE2. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Andropogon+ternarius&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=17696&locationType=County&mapType=Normal, 5) Wasowski and Wasowski, Native Texas Plants Landscaping Region by Region, 1991, pg. 126, 127. 6) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=40455#null, 7) Hatch, Umphres, Ardoin, 2015, Field Guide to Common Texas Grasses, pg 52.