- Latin Name- Andiopogon Gerardii Hardy Zone-5-9 Mature Height-6ft Width-3ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Big Bluestem Grass - Andropogon Gerardi
Big Bluestem grass is a native, perennial, warm season grass that is easily grown once it’s been given an opportunity to take root. Tolerant of a wide assortment of soils from wet clay to dry sand and growing conditions, it is known for its extensive root system. It also has excellent drought tolerance when compared to other grasses and is ideal for erosion control. If left alone in a fertile location, it grows quickly.
It can be used as the perfect ornamental grass for its attractive foliage that changes color seasonally; blue-green in the spring to a red-bronze with purple tones in the fall. Depending on soil conditions, it can grow anywhere from 3 to 8 feet tall, and in exceptional cases it can reach a height of 10 feet. In late summer, 4-inch purple flower clusters form. It develops slowly during cool weather seasons and doesn’t reach its full height until mid-summer.
As one of the dominant grasses of the Tall Grass Prairies, it appears frequently in the grasslands east of the Mississippi. In addition to its other uses, it is also used extensively by landscapers and gardeners for pollinator conservation, thermal protection, cover for birds and fawns, as forage production, grassland restoration, and privacy screens for homes and commercial properties.
Big Bluestem Grass, also known as turkey foot, is a hardy perennial native to the Great Plains. Big bluestem grows in large clumps that add a natural, nostalgic feel to any landscape. During spring and early summer, the tall stalks of grass are a vibrant, vivid green. In late summer and fall, they change to an attractive reddish bronze and produce a three-part seed pod that resembles the foot of a bird, hence the plant's nickname. In addition to being visually appealing, big bluestem grass has a number of environmental benefits. It helps prevent erosion and can be used as an eco-friendly feed for livestock. It is often included in restoration projects aimed at revitalizing prairie ecosystems.