Splitbeard Bluestem Details

Splitbeard Bluestem

  • Botanical Name: Andropogon ternarius
  • Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Border - Mixed, Focal Point/Specimen Plant
  • Ornamental Value: White, Silver
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Birds, Bees
  • Season: Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Upright
  • Plant Spread: 2'
  • Plant Height: 2' - 4'


Sandy soils only. This strongly vertical bunchgrass has a conspicuous basal cluster of leaves and stems. Its rich, earthy color and feathery texture provide winter interest. In the fall, fluffy, V-shaped heads appear down the tight bunch form. Outstanding fall to winter "snowy" aspect, turning brown to gray in winter.

Splitbeard Bluestem Photos