Bothriochloa barbinodis

Common Name:
Cane bluestem
Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
Southwestern States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Straw Color
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This densely clumping grass grows as much as 4 feet tall. It has bluish stems and soft, blue-green leaves. Dense, silky flower clusters are presented at the ends of wandlike stems in summer and fall. This is a rugged plant, useful for large banks and other open spaces. It is native to California, across the southern U.S. and into South America. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, moderate to occasional watering.