Sand Bluestem 

(Andropogon hallii)


Sand Bluestem is one of the most widespread and most productive native grasses on sandy sites in the southern Great Plains. It is a long-lived, warm-season, tall grass that spreads by underground stems or rhizomes. Sand bluestem is often seeded in mixtures to revegetate and reclaim disturbed sandy sites.

Sand Bluestem seed is light and chaffy and is best seeded with specially designed grass drills. It should be seeded no later than mid-summer to insure adequate soil temperature for germination and establishment.



4.5 to 6.7 kg PLS/hectare
4 to 6 lbs. PLS/acre



125,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)




The original seed was collected from a sand dune near Elida, New Mexico. The New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA Soil Conservation Service released it in 1963. Being a taller variety, Elida produces abundant forage and has excellent seedling vigor. It is adapted to sandy soils where annual precipitation is 36 cm (14 in.) or more. Under irrigation, it can also be used as a pasture grass.


Oklahoma and Kansas Agricultural Experiment Stations and the USDA Agricultural Research service released this variety in 1955. Original seed sources came equally from in and near Woodward County, Oklahoma and the general vicinity of Clovis, New Mexico. This variety exhibits some variability but
none are excessively tall. Woodward is adapted for planting in the Sand hills of  Oklahoma and the Panhandle of Texas.


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