Yellow bluestem

(Bothriochloa ischaemum)

  • 3 - 5’ tall
  • Larger than Caucasian bluestem
  • Blooms June to July
  • Leaf-blades are basal, glaucous, flat, 1 - 10” long with scattered hairs
  • Stems slender, solid, green turning yellow when mature with brown to purple nodes
  • The inflorescence is silvery, reddish-purple with 2 - 10 racemes
  • Seeds are brown



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.