September - November
0.5 - 1.5
Seeds average approximately 3,100,000/lb.
The following information for the genus Andropogon: Animals that eat its seeds: Prairie chicken, Wild turkey, Chipping sparrow, Meadow mouse. Animals that eat the plants: White-tailed deer, meadow mouse (Martin et al. 1951). Not considered a valuable forage plant on pine ranges. Since it occurs on sites seldom burned, the old growth reduces accessibility of green leaves. Provides nesting cover for mottled ducks and fawning cover for white-tailed deer.
The scientific name "Andropogon" is from two Greek words "aner" meaning man and "pogon" meaning beard. The common name "beardgrass" given to bluestems corresponds to their scientific name.
Weedy species usually in moist areas. Ditches, swales.