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Big Bluestem 'Red October' (Andropogon gerardii 'Red October') is a striking cultivar of the native Big Bluestem grass, known for its impressive height and vibrant fall color. This warm-season grass features tall, sturdy stems that can reach heights of 4 to 6 feet. In late summer to early fall, the grass produces purplish-bronze seed heads, which are followed by stunning red and burgundy foliage as the temperatures drop, adding dramatic color to the autumn landscape.

This cultivar thrives in well-drained soils and is highly tolerant of dry conditions once established. It prefers full sun and is well-suited for prairies, meadows, and naturalized areas. Native to the prairies and open woodlands of North America, Big Bluestem 'Red October' is particularly adapted to the climate and conditions of the southeastern United States, including Mississippi.

Ecologically, Big Bluestem 'Red October' provides significant benefits to wildlife. The seeds are a valuable food source for birds, and the tall, dense foliage offers excellent cover and nesting sites for various insects and small animals. The plant's deep root system also helps prevent soil erosion and improve soil health, making it an important component of sustainable landscapes.

In landscaping, Big Bluestem 'Red October' is valued for its height, architectural form, and vibrant fall color. It works well as a specimen plant, in mixed borders, or in mass plantings for a dramatic effect. Its ability to thrive in challenging conditions and its low maintenance requirements make it a versatile and attractive addition to native plant gardens. By incorporating Big Bluestem 'Red October' into your garden, you can enjoy its seasonal beauty while supporting local wildlife and promoting ecological balance.

Big Bluestem 'Red October' - Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

  • Zone: 3-9
    Spread: 1.5-2 feet
    Height: 4-6 feet
    Sun: Full sun
    Water: Medium to dry
    Bloom Time: Late summer to early fall
    Attracts: Birds and beneficial insects

  • ** IN STORE ONLY ** We currently have this plant available in 3 gallon pots for in-store purchase at our shop in New Albany, MS.