Andropogon hallii

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Andropogon hallii
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Genus: Andropogon
A. hallii
Binomial name
Andropogon hallii
  • Andropogon gerardii Vitman var. incanescens (Hack.) B. Boivin
  • Andropogon gerardii Vitman var. paucipilus (Nash) Fernald
  • Andropogon gerardii Vitman var. chrysocomus (Nash) Fernald
  • Andropogon hallii Hack. var. incanescens Hack.
  • Andropogon paucipilus Nash

Andropogon hallii (sand bluestem, sand hill bluestem, Hall's bluestem, Hall's beardgrass, prairie bluestem, turkey-foot) is a sod-forming perennial species in the grass family, Poaceae. It is a bunchgrass which grows in tufts and can reach 7 feet (2.1 meters) in height under favorable conditions.

Sand bluestem is native to North America. It is found growing from the Mississippi River west to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to Chihuahua,[1] Mexico.[3] It prefers sandy soils and will dominate in areas that average less than 30 inches of rain annually.[4]

Sand bluestem is a high quality forage with good palatability for livestock, but it cannot stand up to continuous heavy grazing. It is also valuable as browse for wildlife and as a source of edible seeds and nesting habitat for upland birds.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Andropogon hallii". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  2. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Andropogon halli". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  3. ^ a b Broyles, Patrick J. (24 May 2006). "Plant Fact Sheet: Andropogon hallii" (PDF). NCRS Plant Materials Program. USDA NRCS Kansas Plant Materials Center. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  4. ^ Van Bruggen, Theodore (2003). Wildflowers Grasses & Other Plants of the Northern Plains and Black Hills. Interior, South Dakota 57750: Badlands Natural History Association. p. 12. ISBN 0-912410-05-1.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)