Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $4.00

Upright clumps of green to blue-green leaves in summer. Foliage turns rich orange and copper-red in fall. Flower heads resembling upside down turkey claws appear in late August. They open red and turn darker with age. If left up, the foliage adds interest to the winter landscape and provides cover for wildlife.

Grow in full sun in moist or dry soil. Shade will cause flopping.

Use as a hedge or screen. Can be used at the back of a native plant garden.

Native Environment: Prairie
Height: 4 to 6 feet
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Bloom Time:  September to February
Color: Purplish Red
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun 
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Soil Moisture: Dry/moderate
Wildlife Benefit: Cover
Special Usage: Naturalize
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Value to Beneficial Insects: Provides nesting materials/Structure for Native Bees
Tolerate: Deer, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution
Maintenance: Low

Larval Host: Delaware Skipper, Dusted Skipper