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Andropogon gerardii

BIG BLUESTEM

Buy Big Bluestem Grass online. A clump forming selection with large blue-green foliage rising 4-8 feet tall. A drought tolerant plant, it thrives in sunny, dry locations. Seed heads emerge in summer, resembling a turkey's foot. Maroon fall color. Attracts birds and butterflies.

Height:

4-8 Feet

Spread:

4-8 Feet

Hardiness Zone:

4-8

What's My Hardiness Zone?

Plant Characteristics

Cultural Information*
  • Leaf Spot - Moderate Resistance
  • Root Rot - Moderate Resistance
  • Leaf Scorch - High Resistance
  • Powdery Mildew - High Resistance
Flower Color*
  • Bronze/Tan/Brown
Fruit Type*
  • Non-Edible Fruit
Growth Rate*
  • Fast
Leaf Color Fall*
  • Purple/Brilliant Purple
  • Green
  • Red/Brilliant Red
  • Blue
Leaf Color Spring*
  • Green
  • Blue
Leaf Color Summer*
  • Green
  • Blue
Leaf Color Winter*
  • Beige/Brown
Leaf Type*
  • Deciduous/Herbaceous
Nature Assets*
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Birds
  • Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type*
  • Ornamental Grass
Preferred Planting Season*
  • Summer Planting
  • Spring Planting
Preferred Soil Conditions*
  • Prefers Low pH (Acidic Soils)
  • Moist
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Tolerates High pH (Alkaline Soils)
  • Well-Drained
  • Average
  • Tolerates Low pH (Acidic Soils)
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Adapts Well to Most Soil Types
Propagation Methods*
  • Cuttings or Divisions
  • Seed
Season of Interest*
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Late Spring/Early Summer
  • Year-Round
  • Late Summer/Early Autumn
  • Summer Flowering
  • Winter
Sun Exposure*
  • Prefers Full Sun in Northern States
  • Prefers Full Sun in Southern States
Uses*
  • Mass Planting
  • Under Power Lines
  • Border Plant
  • Accent Plant
  • Landscape Specimen
  • Rock Gardens
  • Erosion Control
 

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance

Grasses are easy to grow and adapt to most conditions. Feed once a year with a slow release fertilizer. To give your plant the best start possible, we include free fertilizer with every order.

Interesting Notes

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