Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii

The most widely distributed of prairie tall grasses, Big Bluestem was largely responsible for the formation of the famous prairie sod.  The leaves and stems change color with the first frost to a deep red-bronze that provides landscape interest well …

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SKU
40530-03 / 20530
Plants 3" Pots
1-4 $5.99 ea.
5-10 $4.99 ea.
11-31 $3.99 ea.
32+ $2.99 ea.
Seeds 8,200 seeds/oz
Oz $4.00
1/4 Lb $10.00
1/2 Lb $15.00
Lb $25.00
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Height 5' - 8'
Bloom Color Green, Red
Bloom Time Aug, Sep, Oct
Spacing 2'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Birds, Host Plant, Deer Resistant
Seeds per Oz 8200
Propagation Treatment Dry Stratification
Direct Sowing Time Spring, Early Summer

The most widely distributed of prairie tall grasses, Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) was largely responsible for the formation of the famous prairie sod. The leaves and stems change color with the first frost to a deep red-bronze that provides landscape interest well into the winter. Andropogon gerardii will grow in almost any soil, from wet clay to dry sand. The iconic and distinctive three-parted seed heads resemble a turkeys foot, inspiring its alternative name - Turkey Foot.