Friday, October 14, 2011

Previously at the TCAAP WVA, I saw Big Bluestem

This is Big Blue Stem also known as turkey's foot. It's a native grass that used to cover the plains. The stems in this shot don't exactly look blue but in certain light at some times of the year it looks very purple.

The sign says:
"Big Blue Stem

The bluestem family is found throughout most of the world. Big bluestem was once the dominant plant in the tallgrass prairies of the upper midwest. Ranging from 2-8 feet in height, big bluestem has ribbon like leaves that usually droop at the ends.  The clusters of green to purplish-bronze spikelets give it the nickname turkey foot. A good grazing plant, big blue stem also produces high quality hay."

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