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Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

$9.81 | 1G | 450 Avail. | $9.81

1G Weight: 25.0 lb

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Big Bluestem is a tall, colorful warm-season native grass that once dominated the Midwest prairies. The upright clumps of flattened foliage emerge grey to blue-green and mature to green with red hues before turning reddish-bronze with lavender tones after frost.  Flowering stalks extend above to foliage in late summer bearing 3-parted, finger-like purplish flower clusters. Grows best in full sun and well-drained soils.  Excellent drought tolerant once established.


Orn. Grass


4' - 6'


2 - 3'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8


Full Sun

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Fall, Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Cut stems to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWildlife GardensNaturalized Areas, Native Gardens, Rock Gardens, and containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Milkweed, Tickseed, Black-Eyed Susan

IMAGES: T.VoeklerAndropogon gerardii shrubCC BY-SA 3.0, (2) Matt Lavin from Bozeman, Montana, USA, Andropogon gerardii (21092730152)CC BY-SA 2.0, (3) cassi saariTallgrass prairie flora Andropogon gerardiiCC BY-SA 4.0 ,(4) Matt Lavin from Bozeman, Montana, USA, Andropogon gerardii (3904160434)CC BY-SA 2.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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