Andropogon hallii

Andropogon hallii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Andropogon
Species: 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. 1 2 USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. "Andropogon hallii information from NPGS/GRIN". Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  2. USDA, NRCS (2010). "PLANTS Profile for Andropogon halli (sand bluestem)". The PLANTS Database (, 9 April 2010). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  3. 1 2 Broyles, Patrick J. (2004-01-14; 2006-05-24). "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. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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.

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