Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem)


Type: Grass

Area: Prairie

Height: 5′ to 8′

Sun: Full Sun

Moisture: Dry, Medium, Moist

Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand

Host: Delaware Skipper, Dusted Skipper

Attracts/Benefits: Birds, Butterflies

Notes: High Deer Resistance, special importance to beneficial insects and provides nesting materials/structure for native bees

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery and Sharon Yiesla

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SKU: 581 Category:

Description from Possibility Place: Known commonly as Big Bluestem, but to those of us that are prairie nuts it will always be “turkey-foot” because of the bird-like track it makes when you slap the seed head on sandy ground. It is a very tall grass, the tallest native grass in the area, reaching maximum heights of 8 feet. The stems turn a blue/purple color in late summer and into fall which can lend a dramatic effect to a prairie or garden planting. Big Bluestem matures rather quickly, even from seed, with full height reached in two seasons if they are well cared for. It is a lovely addition to most gardens in full to part sun and can tolerate most soils save the very dry. Just remember that this one gets very big, but it grows just fine if crowded.

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