For seed season this year, I’ve been paying closer attention to grasses – in particular sorting out different bluestem species. Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is taller than I am, well over 6 feet:
In the fruiting phase, the seed heads are less interesting than other bluestem grasses. But the flowers are a fascinating combination of brushes and bright yellow anthers:
I’ve only found Broomsedge Bluestem (Andropogon virginicus) in one meadow, mixed with Little Bluestem:
The Broomsedge seeds and filaments are less regular than Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium):
Little Bluestem is the most common in my area, and it’s the prettiest.