Vascular Plants of Wisconsin

Andropogon gerardii Vitman
big blue-stem; turkey-foot
Family: Poaceae

native: yes
type: herbaceous perennial

plant plant stem inflorescence spikelets
plants stems stems inflorescence spikelets

Andropogon gerardii is a large grass to 6-8 feet tall. The inflorescence forms several elongate axes from (or near) a common base, somewhat resembling a large bird's foot and inspiring the name "turkey-foot". It is found in sunny sites on sandy soils throughouot the state, from prairies in the south to clearings, roadsides and railroad rights-of-way in the north.

known distribution based on vouchers


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