Cane bluestem is a perrenial bunchgrasses found throughout South Texas. It is fair forage for livestock and provides good nesting cover for grassland birds. Cane bluestem is found in good to excellent condition range sites in South Texas, and is climax dominant on many ecological sites. It is a good-excellent forage for livestock. This grass also provides good cover and nesting structure for grassland birds. This species of bluestem commonly harbors large populations of insects, another important attribute beneficial to wildlife. Cane bluestem is an excellent plant for restoration plantings as it is easy to establish from seed. Identification and classification of this species is difficult and relies on characteristics of the seed structures. In general, cane bluestem is shorter, have smaller seedheads and produce less forage.