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Big Bluestem (Seed Heads)

Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is the most famous grass of the tallgrass prairie. Its flowering stalks can reach 8 feet tall. Another common name, “turkey foot,” can help you identify big bluestem: The seed heads usually branch into three parts, resembling turkey feet.

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Caucasian Bluestem

Bothriochloa bladhii
Causasian bluestem and the closely related yellow bluestem are both aggressive, weedy degraders of pasturelands that escape cultivation and endanger native habitats. Learn more about these Old World grasses, and please don’t plant them!

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Yellow Bluestem

Bothriochloa ischaemum
Yellow bluestem is a nonnative, aggressive, weedy degrader of pasturelands that escapes cultivation and endangers native habitats. It blooms in Missouri in late June to July, far earlier than our native bluestems.

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Yellow Bluestem (Flowers)

Yellow bluestem is a nonnative, aggressive, weedy degrader of pasturelands that escapes cultivation and endangers native habitats. It blooms in Missouri in late June to July, far earlier than our native bluestems.

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Yellow Bluestem (Plant)

Yellow bluestem is a clump-forming, warm-season perennial grass native to southern Europe and Asia, with flowering stems up to 4 feet tall. An invasive species in Missouri, it has been documented escaping in Howell County and is also likely found in other counties. Once established, this invasive species is almost impossible to eradicate.

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