Kleberg Bluestem Inflorescence

Kleberg Bluestem

Dichanthium annulatum



Kleberg bluestem is an introduced, invasive grass native to southern Asia.  It is stoloniferous, with stems prostrate, ascending, or erect to about a meter.  Leaf blades can be up to 15 cm, but only 3-5 mm wide. The inflorescence is silvery purple comprised of a main stem with 2-9 branches with numerous pairs of spikelets on each branch.


Aggressive invader which can grow in dry to moist environments; it is particularly able to grow in harsh and disturbed sites.  It can grow in areas with long dry seasons, in a wide variety of soil types, and tolerate poor drainage, salinity, and burns.