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Color Picture
Large Photo of Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem
Andropogon gerardii

Native to most areas east of Rocky Mountains and primary species of Tall Grass Prairie Midwest.  Tall, long-lived, warm season bunchy sod former.  Grows 3 to 6' tall, reddish purple at maturity.  Seed heads are a 2 to 6 branched turkey foot shaped raceme.

 

Preferences Thrives on rich fertile silt and clay loam soils of lowlands, and has a moderate salinity tolerance.  Tolerates short-term submergence but prefers good drainage.  Good Winter hardiness.   

 

Uses Used for pasture, hay, landscaping, prairie chicken cover and wildlife habitat.  Graze established stands moderately leaving at least 6" stubble in summer.  Highly palatable from late spring until fall.  Tends to increase with good management.  

 

Planting Drill/Plant seeds 1/4 to 3/4" deep.

Weed control necessary.