- any of several prairie grasses of the genus Andropogon, having bluish leaf sheaths, now grown in the western U.S. for forage.
- dwarf palmetto.
Origin of bluestem
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Examples from the Web for bluestem
The study area includes the zone of transition from bluestem or tall-grass prairie to the buffalo grass or short-grass prairie.
Of young trees there were most on the bluestem prairie area, less on the former pastures and least on the fallow fields.
Evidently the tree does not become established readily on bluestem prairie.
The uppermost station was situated in bluestem pasture without benefit of shade from trees.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas
Artie L. Metcalf
Nests are placed on the ground, usually in bluestem pasture, but in any case grasses.The Breeding Birds of Kansas
Richard F. Johnston