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Big Bluestem

Page history last edited by Sanderson 6 years, 6 months ago

 

                                             Big Bluestem                                                   

Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem)

 http://www.northcreeknurseries.com/plantName/Andropogon-gerardii-

 

 

 

Common Name- Big Bluestem

Other Names- Turkey Foot, Tall Bluestem, Bluejount Beardgrass, Poptillo Gigante

Scientific (Latin) Name- Andropogon Geradii

Plant Family- Poaceae

 

 

 

Seed

   

 

http://www.prairiemoon.com/Andropogon-gerardii-Big-Bluestem.html

-less than a fourth of an inch long

-growth starts in late spring and goes through fall

                               

Seedling
 


Big Bluestem Seedling 

http://grownative.org/native-plant-info/seedling-identification/big-bluestem/

                                               

 

 -about one inch tall

 

Juvenile

 

   

                                                                     http://grownative.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/bbstem_juv.jpg                                                                           

 

http://grownative.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/bbstem_juv.jpg

-it is four inches tall     

                                             

 

Flowering Plant 

                    Big bluestem flowering (Andropogon gerardii)

 

http://prairiepartner.org/photo/big-bluestem-flowering-1?context=album&albumId=3224450%3AAlbum%3A4720

bloom period:

-late summer to fall is the flowering Big Blue stem stage

-the stem turns blueish purple to red in the bloom period

-the leaves turn reddish with yellow flowers in the fall. 

 

 

Roots

-10- 12 feet long

 


http://www.prairiemoon.com/Andropogon-gerardii-Big-Bluestem.html

 

  

Threatshttp://www.hardytropicals.org/blog/entry/army_worms_are_you_aware_of_them

 

-army worms in the dry season

-they can live through extreme temperatures

-air pollution

-deer

-drought

-erosion

-cattle 

Leaf


Picture of Big Bluestem Leaf Hair

http://www.aragriculture.org/forage_pasture/plant_id/grasses/pages/big_bluestem_leaf_hair.htm

-The Big Blue stem has a small, membranous ligule. Hairs are common along the leaf sheath and blade.

 

 

Interesting FACTS

 

 

 

 

this type of grass was an important food for the American bison, because it was the biggest type of grass there was

 

-the big blue stem can still get quite aggressive when it's established in a favorable, undisturbed location but over grazing and land destruction have reduced it to mere patches of its former range

Characteristics

-root type is fiberous

-it need sun, part shade

 -water use is low, medium,

 -soil is moist

 -it is a warm season grass

 

habitat:

-occurs in dry soils, prairies, open ground and open woods,prefers sandy well-drained soils, can not grow in the shade,requires dry or moist soil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYSqYCj2CTA

 

 

bibliography:

 

wildflowers of the tallgrass prairie pg.249

tallgrass prairie wild flowers pg. 236

Iowas living roadway/ seedling id guide for native prairie plants, wikipidia , Jewels of the Prairie poster Prairie roots, epa.gov, Prairiemoon.gov.com.,frontiersin.org, aragriculture.org, grownative.org, wildflower.org, missouri.edu, butler.edu, fs.fed.us, plants.usda.gov.,sos.mo.gov, naturehills.com., npwrc.usgs.gov, bleplanetbliomes.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You for Visiting The

 

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(Disclaimer-The information in the Prairie Plant Guide was collected and composed by the 5th graders, we apologize for any inaccuracies.)

 

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Comments (3)

syanderson said

at 7:56 am on Jan 17, 2014

Where are the seeds located on the big bluestem? Thanks!

clquirk said

at 9:03 am on Jan 17, 2014

We already have the names at the bottom but we like your style better. I will find that question out on the internet. Thanks. PS. we will delete our names and keep yours.

Sanderson said

at 9:51 am on Jan 17, 2014

did you guys put a picture of a juvenile yet?

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