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Shortspike bluestem
Andropogon brachystachyus

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium to large herbaceous grass.

Dimensions: 2-3 feet; to 4 feet when in flower

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Broward and Collier counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Wet pinelands and pond margins.

Soils: Moist to seasonally wet, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous caryopsis.

Comments: Should be cut back after flowering.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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