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CHET SAND BLUESTEM

#1785 | Andropogon hallii

Sand Bluestem Fact Sheet

CHET SAND BLUESTEM

#1785 | Andropogon hallii

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Summary

Sand Bluestem is a native, perennial, warms season bunchgrass which can reach heights of 7 feet.  Sand bluestem reproduces by both seed and rhizomes.  Sand Bluestem is considered a poor seed producer in its native habitat and spreads mainly by rhizomes. Sand Bluestem occurs on native prairies west of the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to Mexico.  Sand Bluestem is considered an important part of the prairie and is generally used in all sandy land native mixes.  Forage production is good to excellent in quality and when heavily grazed it will decrease in relation to most other species.  Breeding efforts have resulted in varieties with improvements in seedling vigor, seed production, and forage production.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
60" - 84"
Bloom Period
Mid-Summer
Bloom Color
Yellow
Leaf Color
Blue-Green
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Growth Habit
Bunch-Type
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Spring - Early-Summer
Plant Depth
.25" - .5"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
50° F
Establishment
Easy

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
100,000
Kingdom
Plantae
Subkingdom
Tracheobionta
Super Division
Spermatophyta
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Lillocida
Subclass
Commelinidae
Order
Cyperales
Family
Poaceae
Genus
Andropogon
Species
Androphon hallii

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 1 PLS LB/2000 sq ft or 16 PLS Lb per acre

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Soil Stabilization & Erosion Control

Sand Bluestem is used extensively in soil conservation because its adaptation to sand and extension root system.

Forage & Grazing

Sand Bluestem is a good to excellent forage due to its high palatability and high yield.  Forage should be harvested prior to seedhead formation as palatability rapidly decreases once it reaches maturity which is true of most of native grasses.

Landscaping

Sand Bluestem makes an attract landscape plant in sandy type soils.  Its ability to tolerate stresses makes it very desirable as a low-maintenance species

Growth Guide & Gallery

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