Bothriochloa barbinodis

Cane Bluestem

Plant Type: Grass
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



In California, cane bluestem is encountered most often in the coastal mountains south of the transverse ranges. It is also native to some of the Channel Islands. It is native to much of the Americas and has been introduced in many places around the world, which speaks to its remarkable adaptability. Cane bluestem is a warm-season bunch grass. The expanding clump consists of upright stems with multiple blades. At each leaf node, a tuft of silvery hairs protrudes. The spring flower heads are tinged with red. As summer advances the seeds develop a hairy plume that allows wind dispersal. The seed heads develop a wispy, silvery appearance that will last well into fall. During winter dormancy the clump will display both green and tan. Can bluestem responds well to water, which can improve its appearance in the garden.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: No
Attractive to Butterflies: No
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous