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Andropogon gerardii

Native Plants

Big Bluestem

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Summary

Big bluestem is an iconic grass of American prairies and provides striking architecture in the meadow landscape. This robust, warm-season bunchgrass requires full sun but is quite pH adaptable. Flat, blue-green leaves create striking contrast in the landscape. Purplish, 3-part seed heads develop in the summer and early fall atop big bluestem, eventually reaching 4-8’ tall. The leaves remain of interest through the fall with a change to tawny and russet colors. Once established, an expansive fibrous root system makes this grass very drought tolerant. The rich colors of big bluestem are complemented by Schizachyrium scoparium, Rudbeckia hirta, Solidago species, Asclepias tuberosa, Symphyotrichum species, and Vernonia noveboracensis.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    grasssedge 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    green 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    blue-green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, orange, tan, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    tan