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Andropogon gerardii

big bluestem

This tall, hardy warm-season bunchgrass yields silver tufts of seeds in the later summer, which contrast wonderfully with its golden fall foliage. Perfect for winter interest, big bluestem also serves as host to at least eleven native butterflies and moths.

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Height: 24-60 in
Spread: 24-48 in
Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Bloom Color: Non-Flowering

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Fall Foliage
Fall Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Host Plant
Salt Tolerant
Compaction Tolerant
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Erosion Control/Soil Stabilization
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution

Photo by Cheryl Lowe (c) Native Plant Trust
Photo by Cheryl Lowe (c) Native Plant Trust