bluestem

noun
blue·stem | \ ˈblü-ˌstem \

Definition of bluestem 

1 : a tall North American grass (Andropogon gerardii synonym A. furcatus) that has smooth bluish leaf sheaths and slender spikes borne in pairs or clusters, is a dominant grass of the originally tallgrass prairies, and is used for hay and forage

called also big bluestem

— compare sand bluestem

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Planting a variety of clump forming grasses, like native switchgrass or bluestem will also provide daytime hiding areas for vulnerable (and mostly nocturnal) toads. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Toads To Your Garden (And Why You’d Totally Want To)," 16 May 2017 Come August, the big bluestem tallgrass will be chest-high. Rick Montgomery, kansascity.com, "Jerry Smith Farm Park: Native plants fill a patch of prairie that’s never seen a plow," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of bluestem

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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