Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Andropogon ternarius


Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flowers
Attracts Birds

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 color:
Bloom period: fall
Height: 1.5-3'
Spread: 1-2'
Zones: 6-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12
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