Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii

  • Warm season grass
  • One of the major tall prairie grasses, found in dry or wet open woods, prairies, swales, shores and dry open areas
  • Blue green foliage turns silvery blue in summer, and then red, orange and maroon in fall
  • Flowers in July- September
  • Seedhead branches into three parts, resembling a turkey foot

Height: 5-7 in
Zone: 3-9

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Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance:

» Deer Resistant

Foliage Color:

» Blue-green


» Full Sun

Soil Moisture:

» Dry Soil
» Moist, Well Drained


» Clump forming

Season of Interest (Flowering):

» Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Fall
» Spring
» Summer