Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem)
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Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

A clumping warm season grass native to this area; mainstay of the native Illinois prairie. Useful as a tall background in the cultivated garden, in mass plantings or for erosion control. Food and nesting source for small mammals and birds. Buff flowers at 6-8'

Height: 6-8 ft
Width: 18-24 in
Soil Conditions: Moist/Well Drained
Flower Color: Gold
Bloom Time: September,October
Hardiness Zone: 3 TO 9
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Characteristics & Attributes for Andropogon gerardii

Attributes

Salt Tolerant
Fall Color

Attracts Wildlife

Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Wildlife

Plant Habit

Upright

Light Conditions

Sun

Native Plant Community

Dry Prairie
Mesic Prairie
Savanna

Bloom Time

September
October

Flower Color

Gold

Flower Hue

Medium

Flower Height

6' to 8'

Flower Type

Spike

Foliage Color

Green

Leaf Texture

Medium

Prune Time

Jan/Feb/March

Flower Size

3" to 4"

Growth Rate

Average