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Common Name: Silver Bluestem

Other Names: Silver Beardgrass

Species Name: Bothriochloa laguroides

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae, Grass Family

Tribe: Andropogoneae, Bluestem Tribe



Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Warm
Distribution in the U.S. South central
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Pale yellow-green foliage
    • Stems between nodes almost entirely enclosed by sheath; stems ben at nodes
    • Sheaths terminate into partially vertical flags


    • Silver, fluffy seed heads
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 40-95 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate membranous
    • Sheath: Glabrous or villous
    • Leaves: Cauline
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Inflorescence Type: Panicles
    • Florets Per Spikelet: 2
    • Glumes: Equal



Soil Type Well-drained; best growth in sandy, rocky soil
Habitat Right-of-ways, denuded construction sites or overgrazed areas
Successional Stage Early to mid


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