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Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

Red October Big Bluestem

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Red October Bluestem is a narrow upright clump-forming native grass grown for its attractive foliage that start deep green with red highlights in spring, deepens to burgundy in fall, then after the first frost turns candy-apple-red mixed with scarlet. Even the turkey-foot shaped seed heads of Red October Big Bluestem are shades of red.  Grows best in full sun and well-drained soils.  Drought tolerant.

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Height: 

4 - 6'

Spread: 

2 - 3'

Spacing: 

None

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest: 

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 AreasNative Gardens, Foundation Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Milkweed, Tickseed, Black Eyed Susan

IMAGES: Photos by Matt Lavin, (1) Andropogon gerardii - big , (2)  Andropogon gerardii - big bluestem, (3) Photo by Tom PotterfieldAndropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

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


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