Bushy Bluestem

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Bushy Bluestem Description

Bushy Bluestem, Andropogon Glomeratus Is a Popular Ornamental Plant That Thrives Well in Damp Soil

Bushy Bluestem, or Andropogon glomeratus, is a large grass native to the southeastern United States, Mexico, and parts of the Caribbean. Due to its popularity as an ornamental plant, it was introduced to other places and was naturalized. This plant invasively self-seeds but under proper care. Andropogon came from the Greek word 'aner' or 'Andros,' which meant "man,"; and 'pogon,' which meant "beard." It refers to the hairs of the spikelets of this genus. Glomeratus, on the other hand, meant "bunched," referring to a bushy or broom-like feature of the species.

This plant thrives well in damp soil, is common along sunny roadsides and low-lying areas, and occurs naturally in swamps, bogs, fine Flatwoods, wet savannahs, and ponds. Its vibrant green foliage emerges in the summer and turns copper-orange in the fall. Its bushy, fluffy flower heads, described as the plant's crowing glory, appear in September, which adds beauty during the fall season.

The leaves reach over a meter in length. This pretty bunchgrass is a popular choice for dry floral arrangements. The plant has white ball-shaped clusters of seed and cinnamon-colored stems during winter. It can be a beautiful addition to a flower display and is ideal for wetland gardens. For a clean and dainty appearance, cut back old foliage in spring.

Bushy Bluestem-Andropogon glomeratus Is A Low-maintenance Plant and Provides Wildlife Cover and Food For The Birds.

It is a low-maintenance plant and requires only less care. It is a warm-season perennial plant and can tolerate poor drainage. The plant provides wildlife cover for small animals and food and bird nesting material, especially during winter.

It grows in a dense clump around three to six feet tall and aggressively self-seeds. Although it performs well in full sun to medium to wet soil, it can tolerate light shade. This species is potentially a noxious weed and is easily spread via seed contamination but is considered a pest plant by others.

When planting this grass, you can propagate it by seed or division but do it during spring or when the ground is no longer frozen. When growing bushy Bluestem as a decorative landscape, keep weeds away from seeds and other young seedlings. They tend to compete with the grass for water and nutrients. Water the plant until established. Remember that the plant quickly multiplies and can give you a winter color in just a few years. However, remove three-inch clusters of seed heads to prevent unwanted multiplication if you do not like them to reproduce and limit only the grass spread.                                    

Bushy Bluestem: Andropogon glomeratus Plant is For Sale at TN Wholesale Nursery with Low Prices and Fast Shipping.

Don't worry if you have perceived different variations of grasses and have presumed them to be bushy Bluestem. 

Bushy Bluestem, scientifically known as Andropogon glomeratus, is a warm-season ornamental grass that forms a strapping and upright clump of tall, flattened leaf fronds. It displays an orange and green fall and winter color that continues for months, after which it displays flat, smooth bushy flowers in summers, which is beneficial to wildlife. It needs plentiful space to grow. Therefore, they grow best in medium to moist soils.  

It is found throughout the southeastern United States, Caribbean, and Mexico. Covered by the entire state of South Carolina, It is usually found near sunny roadsides and low-lying areas. It is found naturally in marshes, mires, lakes, and puddles. Furthermore, it can survive in a climate zone of five to nine and is adapted to grow in full sun. The main reason for purchasing this plant is that it is a low-maintenance plant and is quite a popular choice for floral arrangements.

While planting, the roots and surrounding area are to be watered deeply. Once it is established, the roots are kept moist to survive drought. 

Bushy Bluestem's primary identification for this grass spreads by short rhizomes, creating clumps. Moreover, fine silky hairs are present on the sheath before the flower blooms. The stem is covered with hair and is purplish at the base. It could grow on sites that have pH as low as 4.0. The leaves of Bushy Bluestem are long, rough, and flat along the margins.

It can grow in various soil types ranging from loamy to acidic. It is a cover for tiny wildlife animals, and its seeds are food for birds in the winter. It doesn't attract diseases or pests if cultural preferences are met, and not a pest plant. 

It is recommended to be planted during spring either by seeding or division. When planting bushy Bluestem, you should keep it away from weeds. It grows in a dense clump to about three to six feet and two to three feet in width. It can self-seed itself, performs best in full sun, and tolerate mild conditions. 

It is a bushy plant that appears in September and eventually adds to the beauty of the environment. The leaves can stretch over a meter. It turns to white clusters of seeds during winter; it expands in a short period and gives a typical winter color in just a few years. Removing three to four-inch clusters is recommended to prevent the grass from spreading. 

It is the grass that shall acquaint your space with its features. Get your hands on this breathtaking and glorious Bushy Bluestem for Sale before it sells.  

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9 

Sun Exposure: High to Medium 

Height at Maturity: 3-6 feet 

Ship as: Bareroot 

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  • 5
    Bushy bluestem

    Posted by Reese Stewart on Oct 02, 2022

    Very Healthy, Quick Shipping, and Affordable prices

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