Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Big Bluestem is a beauty from the prairies that once was the major component of our Midwestern landscape. It grows 3 to 8 feet tall and has deep green and blue leaves that turn partially fiery red with cold weather. Flowering begins in mid summer and is followed by narrow elongated seed heads resembling the feet of turkeys, hence its common name. Big Bluestem, like our other native grasses is tolerant of a wide range of soil and moisture conditions but does best in full sun and average soil. Use it in masses and with other tall plants. Try situating it where it's backlit by the evening sun.



Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Grass or grass-like

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny, Half and half

Soil Condition

Sandy, Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Dry, Moist, Moderately moist


full quart


36in or taller

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late summer, Mid summer



Hardiness Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9