Caucasian bluestem

(Bothriochloa bladhii)

  • 1 - 3’ tall
  • Blooms June to July
  • Dense tufts of smooth blue-green leaf blades
  • Leaf-blades up to 12” long and less than ¼” wide with thickened mid-vein
  • Leaves have a strong turpentine smell when crushed
  • Leaves turn light yellow in fall
  • Nodes purple-tinged, smooth, or with short hairs



Known Distribution

There are few occurrences of this species documented in Colorado. View the known North American Distribution Map. If you are aware of infestations that are not represented, please report your sighting. Register for an EDDMapS account, then select "Report Sightings". Please include photos with your submissions.