Andropogon ternarius 'Black Mountain' (Poaceae)
Black Mountain Bluestem
Andropogon ternarius is a widely distributed native species, but seeds for this selection were collected by the NC Arboretum in Asheville from a noticably shorter stand growing on Black Mountain. Full of subtle color, foliage starts out blue-green, picking up shades of blue, red and purple through the summer. Fall blooms at 2.5-3’ are covered in fine pale hairs, shimmering like white lights above the dry foliage. Thrives in rocky, dry or sandy soils in full sun. Its smaller stature makes for a tidy, compact form suitable for edging beds or massing along walkways.
Bloom period: fall
Container size: Qt.