Big Bluestem

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Planting Zones 4-9
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Under 10 Feet
Native Grasses
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Big Bluestem Description

Big Bluestem, Andropogon Gerardii, Serves As A Seasonal Eye-catcher And Excellent Forage

Big bluestem, formally known as the Andropogon Gerardii, is a perennial species of tall grass native to an expanse of the Great Plains and certain grassland regions of central and eastern North America. Considered the king of native grasses, the big bluestem often appears in landscaping, agriculture, and landscape conservation efforts thanks to its hardiness and tolerance for poor soil conditions, drought, and adaptability to fire. As it is revered not only for its functional properties, It can serve as a decorative feature, adding splashes of color to a landscape from bright green in the spring to a bluish-green in the summer transforming into a fiery copper-red in the fall months.

Thanks to its fast growth and tolerance for numerous growing conditions, it can serve as a landscaping element and a border for an open property line. Along with its agricultural uses, the big bluestem's high biomass and high protein content make it an excellent forage for horses, cattle, and wild herbivores.

Big Bluestem-Andropogon Gerardii Is Unique From Other Grasses, With Its Hardiness And Presence Of Stems

A solid stemmed grass, the big bluestem sets itself apart from most of the other grass species with hollow stems, and it spreads by rhizomes and seeds. Its flat stems contain a bluish coloring at the base, and in July through October, the grass sports inflorescences reaching from three to six feet tall. These inflorescences, in turn, become three-part seed heads reminiscent of turkey feet, giving its other nickname of "turkey foot grass." Until it resumes growth in spring, the clumping grass will assume a reddish hue in the autumn. This grass boasts tiny purple or yellow spikelets in its flowering season, which helps accent a native flower garden.

It is a perennial bunchgrass that thrives in temperate, arid climates with warm summers and cool winters, and its thick roots grow from six to ten feet deep; this grass is also widely responsible for the prairie sod's formation. Virtually immune to disease and pests, it adapts to part shade and grows in the dry soils of North American prairies and sandy or clay soils with good drainage.

Poor quality soils, shallow soils, and soils with a low pH may also suffice. These grasses, once established, are exceptionally drought-tolerant, and specialty nurseries cultivate and sell the bluestem for this feature. While the big bluestem does not require regular fertilization, applying a nitrogen-rich fertilizer in the spring can help the grass establish itself quickly, which is desirable when grown as forage for cattle and other herds.

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It is a warm-season grass that grows only in hot weather and belongs to the family of perennial bunchgrass. This grass has attractive and eye-catching colorful foliage, making it an excellent option to include in your yard while replacing any already present plant species. Once this plant gets established, it naturally develops drought resistance due to its root system. This plant species can easily combat slight acidity, sandy, drained soils, and salinity. This unique plant also offers resistance to deer. 

It is of extreme importance and value to wildlife, including bees, birds, and butterflies. This grass is tall and looks great individually and within groups after proper growth. It has a root system that is a good candidate for soil erosion control. This grass is tall and looks great individually and within groups after proper growth. Due to being drought tolerant, this grass is relatively easy to maintain and is a natural choice for meadow and prairie.

This vegetation is a suitable cover and nesting for these two species of sparrows, the Grasshopper Sparrow and Henslow's Sparrow. Bees use this vegetation for building their nest and find this vegetation a safe cover for themselves. In their larval stage, butterflies such as the Dusted Skipper (Atrytonopsis Hanna) and Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan) like to hide in this plant and develop hidden in them till they are fully grown. That is a native grass belonging to the region of the Midwestern prairie and has been rediscovered as an attractive and beneficial landscape plant. 

This grass is interesting to observe when blooming due to its remarkably shaped seed heads, similar to upturned turkey feet. Its leaves grab attention while changing from green to blue-green and silvery blue during the summer season. It transitions from red to orange during fall, and finally, purple. This grass is like full sun. Andropogon gerardii is a safe shelter for tiny creatures, including the pretty songbirds. This grass can grow nicely in dry-moist, clay, sandy, or shallow soils, generally have low fertility, and other typical vegetation cannot survive on them. 

This plant does not require fertilizers. Water them regularly in the first year of growth to ensure maximum root growth. Use dry compost for maximum growth and maintain the low temperature of the soil. You can cut this plant 3 inches before the spring season for growth. If you forget to do the cutting procedure before, it is recommended to clip the dead roots and allow the grass to grow further on its own. 

Are you still thinking about why you should invest in the grass and include it in your yard?

There are many reasons to buy this vegetation. Also, you will have different foliage shades. In short, you won't have to invest much time in maintenance. It is a natural food source for pretty creatures that will attract them to your house. You will see beautiful butterflies and will be able to hear songs of charming birds, a perfect and refreshing start for your day.

Best time to harvest: September and October

Soil: Acid or calcareous sands, loams, and clays

Zone: 4 to 9

Height: 5 to 7 ft

Sun Exposure: Full Sun




Reviews (1)

  • 5
    Big Bluestem

    Posted by Sam Clark on Oct 02, 2022

    So far, everything is well. The plants  seemed to be in pretty good health.

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