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Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

Main interest:
red-lavender tones in autumn
Soil & Exposure:
full sun. Dry to medium moisture, all type of soils.
Growth type:
purplish-green, August to September
blue green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 4: -34.4 ° C (-30 ° F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 6 ft (1.8 m) width: 2 ft (0.6 m)
borders, screens, hedge

This tall grass is native to much of the Great Plains and prairie regions of central North America. Deer, Drought, Black Walnut, Air Pollution tolerant, big bluestem will also thrive in low nutrients, sandy or heavy soils. Stems emerge blue gray in the spring, mature to green with shade of red in summer to finally turn red-lavender in fall.

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