Andropogon geradii - Big Bluestem


Big bluestem is a tall, native, perennial, warm season grass. It may be grown as an ornamental because of its attractive foliage which changes color seasonally, its good architectural height and its interesting flower/ seed heads. An upright clump of stems with flattened leaves emerge gray to blue green in spring, mature to green with red tinges in summer and turn reddish bronze with lavender tones in autumn after frost. Flowering stems rise in late summer above the foliage clump bearing 3-parted, finger-like flower clusters resembling turkey feet (hence the additional common name of turkeyfoot grass). You can leave the stalks in winter to add interest as snow collects. 

Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Native Range: Canada to Mexico
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: September to February
Bloom Description: Purplish-red
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Insignificant, Good Dried
Leaf: Good Fall
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution