Silver bluestem

Bothriochloa laguroides spp. Torreyana

Poaceae


Description

Usually grows from an inclined base with no rhizomes. The leafy, bent stems are smooth with white margins. The fuzzy, white terminal panicle is oblong and has numerous branches shorter than the main axis. Spikelets have short awns.

Silver bluestem is a perennial, warm-season, native – 18 to 42 inches tall.

Fair grazing for livestock and wildlife.


Habitat

Grows on prairies and rocky slopes and occurs on old, released farmlands in just a few years. It is grazed most heavily during early fall.


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