Cane Bluestem

Cane bluestems ability to grow in extremely dry climates makes it an important plant for both livestock and wildlife. Because it decreases with overgrazing, its presence in a pasture is an indication of proper grazing techniques.

Can be good forage for livestock. Useful as food and cover for small mammals and upland game birds. Can be used to control erosion.

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Description

Cane bluestem is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that grows 3-5’ tall.  Cane bluestem grows well on a variety of soil types. It is found primarily in South, Central, and West Texas.  The grass provides good to fair forage for livestock and wildlife, and provides good cover for birds.  It is typically used as a component of rangeland and wildlife habitat restoration seed mixes, and for erosion control and revegetation on right-of-way.

A plant of western rangelands, this species’ ability to grow in extremely dry climates makes it an important plant for both livestock and wildlife. Because it decreases with overgrazing, its presence in a pasture is often an indication of good management.

Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 2-3 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre.

Soil: Best on calcareous, deep loams, and sandy loams.

Height: 2-4 feet

Type: Warm Season Perennial

Region: Southwestern United States

For more information: Cane Bluestem Plant Guide from USDA NRCS

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

3-5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys