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Big Bluestem

Botanical Name
Andropogon gerardii
Min Zone
3
Max Zone
9
Height
5 to 8 feet
Width
2 to 3 feet
Flowers
Late summer: 2 to 4 inch, purplish-red, 3-parted, finger-like, resembling a turkey foot
Fall Color
Reddish-bronze
Light
Full sun
Soil
Dry to medium
Planting & Care
  • Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions
  • Extensive root system that is slow to establish
  • Excellent drought tolerance once established
  • Cut back stems in late winter
  • Provides food, cover and nesting sites to at least 24 species of songbirds
  • Larval host to Delaware Skipper and Dusted Skipper butterflies

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