Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

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This grass is a useful Accent or Mass Planting for Wildlife Gardens, Prairies or Meadows. Andropogon gerardii provides Erosion Control, Fall Color, Winter Interest, Interesting Blooms and Unique Seedheads.  Plants are appropriate for Cottage Gardens, Low Maintenance Plantings, Water Wise Landscapes, Rain Gardens, Roadsides, Restoration Projects, Stormwater Management and Perennial Borders. 

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  • 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
Color: Green, Orange, Reddish Purple

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Naturalizing
  • can be planted under Black Walnut Trees
  • Low Maintenance
  • Self seeds in optimum conditions
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Native
  • Fall Color

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Blue-green


  • Clump forming

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Dry Soil

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