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Bushy Bluestem
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About Bushy Bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus) Andropogon glomeratus is a species of grass known by the common names bushy bluestem and bushy beardgrass. This grass reaches heights approaching two meters and has large, fluffy cream-colored flower clusters. Each dense, tufted flower cluster has several pairs of hairy spikelets. The leaves may reach over a meter in length. This grass is native to the Americas, where it is widespread. It has also naturalized in other areas. It is cultivated as an ornamental. This species also has potential as a noxious weed and is easily spread via seed contamination. It is a pest plant in Hawaii, where it has been documented on the island of Kauai.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
5 - 6.6 ft (1.5 - 2 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
White, Cream

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Moist open places and streambanks


Elevation ?
-191' - 5490'

Annual Precip. ?
2.2" - 66.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 1.41"

Coldest Month ?
42.8° F - 61.3° F

Hottest Month ?
63.9° F - 90.9° F

Humidity ?
0.46 vpd - 49.31 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Bushy Beardgrass

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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