Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

$8.40 | DP-50 | 40 Avail. | $102.50

DP-50 Weight: 25.0 lb

$8.40 | 1G | 500 Avail. | $8.40

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.

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Height: 

4' - 6'

Spread: 

2 - 3'

Spacing: 

2.5'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

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

Image: Matt Lavin from Bozeman, Montana, USA, Andropogon gerardii (21092730152)CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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