Andropogon gerardii

Growing Information

Plant Type: Grass
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soils: Dry, average
Bloom Time: Purplish in summer and early fall
Size: 2-5 feet in height; 2-4 foot spread

A robust, warm season bunchgrass, Big Bluestem is best used as a striking accent in meadow landscapes. Silver tufts of seeds in late summer, contrast with golden fall foliage. Very drought tolerant once established.

Garden Companions

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Goldenrods (Solidago species)

Nature Benefits

• Host plant for at least eleven native butterflies and moths
• Attracts songbirds
•  Valuable to a range of insects, birds, and mammals

Native Habitat

Occurs in low meadows and moist grasslands

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