The Bushy bluestem grass plant or sometimes nicknamed Bushy beardgrass is named after it’s large tuft or flowery fluff on top. It can be rust colored, brown and bluish also. It is a perennial plant and is often seen in wetland areas along the edges of pinelands, ditches, sloughs and freshwater marshes. I couldn’t help the large number of these Bushy bluestems which ran along the banks of the ten mile canal in the Lee county park named after John Yarbrough. They reproduce and spread by dropping their seeds or having them dispersed by birds. It blooms in late summer and that is when I took this picture. The grassy plant is native to the U.S. It is sometimes used as an ornamental plant around golf courses or large gardens. The plant has limited usefulness as a food source except for its seeds but can provide some cover for insects and small wildlife. I found a few good websites describing the Bushy bluestem at Florida’s Native Plant Society website and the Garden Guides.com website.
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