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Big Bluestem - Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon gerardii, commonly known as Big Bluestem, is a warm-season perennial grass native to North America. This iconic prairie grass is characterized by its towering height, reaching 4-8 feet, and distinctive blue-green foliage that turns bronze or reddish in the fall. Big Bluestem thrives in full sun and well-drained soils, making it suitable for prairie restoration and native landscaping projects. It forms deep root systems that contribute to soil stabilization and erosion control. Ecologically, Big Bluestem provides habitat and food for wildlife, including birds such as the Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna), which nest in its dense growth. Its seeds are also consumed by various bird species, adding to its ecological value in natural habitats.



- The king of native grasses

- Blue-green stems in spring turning to green then deep red in summer, and coppery red in fall

- 3-fingered seed heads atop tall stems in August, loved by songbirds

- Fall berries attract birds

- One of four main grasses of tall grass prairie

Big Bluestem - Andropogon gerardii

  • Zone: 4-9

    Spread: 2-3 ft.

    Height: 4-6 ft.

    Sun: Full sun

    Water: Dry to average

    Attracts: Birds

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