Sand Bluestem

Variety Champ, Goldstrike, Garden County
Planting Rate 4-6 PLS LBS ( As a monoculture )
Plant Height 5-6 Ft.
Seed Count 125,000 Seeds per LB
Botanical Name Andropogon hallii
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Dry _ Well-Drained Sandy Soils


Sand Bluestem is a warm-season, tall grass that spreads by underground rhizomes. It is a long-lived grass. It is similar to Big Bluestem, but shorter awned. It is a sod-former.

CHAMP is a hybridized mix between multiple species of big bluestem and sand bluestem from the fine soil areas of eastern and northern Nebraska. Utilized in solid stands or mixtures for conservation or forage in sandy, fine textured soils, especially in the eastern 2/3 of Nebraska.

GARDEN COUNTY is a composite of several collections of native grasses collected from Nebraska and South Dakota. It produces good, tall, leafy plants with good seed yields.

GOLDSTRIKE is a long lived perennial variety that gives maximum production in the mid summer. It shows its best growth on sandy soil. Used for roadside planting, Goldstrke rates high in soil stabilization ability.

WOODWARD is a varity found to be superior to native plants in flower production, seed setting, leafiness and in seed production.

AREA OF ADAPTATION: This species is one the most widespread and productive native grasses on sandy sites of the Southern Great Plains. This perennial grass adapts readily to blowout areas and spreads rapidly.

PLANTING: For best results this lightweight seed should be planted with grass drills developed especially for chaffy type seeds. Seeding depths are the same as Big Bluestem. Seeding rates for range plantings should be from 6 to 10 lbs. PLS per acre. The grass must be planted in mid-summer to ensure adequate soil temperatures for germinating and establishment before frost. Definite planting dates depend on rainfall patterns for specific locations. Dormant seedings after November 1st have proven very successful.

MANAGEMENT: This seed should be included in all range plantings where the species is listed as an important decreaser. Sand Bluestem is highly palatable to cattle. It with stands heavy grazing pressure.



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