Grazing North Texas: Silver Bluestem

By Tony Dean

There are a handful of grasses on North Texas grazing lands ranchers need to know, not because they are highly desirable, but rather because they are not of much value. I call them “decom” plants, which is an acronym for “Don’t Ever Count On Me.” Silver bluestem is a “decom” grass.

Silver bluestem is a perennial that grows in all areas of Texas. It can survive in almost all soil types and in full sun conditions or in semi shade.
It grows up to three feet tall and is easily recognized with the presence of the white fuzzy seed head.

Also, one of the identifying characteristics of Silver bluestem is a bend in the stems at each node, causing plants to take on a rounded shape as they mature.

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