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Andropogon gerardi

Big Bluestem

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Andropogon gerardi (Big Bluestem)

Upright clumps of green to blue-green leaves turn rich orange and copper-red in fall. Reddish flower heads bloom in August. If left up, the foliage adds interest to the winter landscape and provides food and cover for wildlife.

Additional Information:


Height
5-9 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Can be used in the garden as an ornamental grass or in prairies and other large scale projects.

Good Companions
Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya), Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum), Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC-

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Winter (Nov-Mar)

Soil Moisture

Average
Moderate

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover