(Bothriochloa laguroides var. torreyana & B. longipaniculata)
Silver bluestem is a very common perennial bunchgrass that is widely distributed throughout South Texas. Silver bluestem is a fair to good forage for livestock and provides some value as cover for wildlife. It is a resilient grass that is often the only native species that persists (in any quantity) in areas heavily invaded by exotic grasses. Silver bluestem produces seed several times a year under favorable conditions. It can be easily harvested by hand or mechanically.