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Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem

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Big bluestem also called "Turkey Foot " is known as "The King of the Prairie," the quintessential prairie grass. It is found on virtually all high quality prairie remnants.

In pristine prairie it composes anywhere from 40 to 60% or so of the plant biomass. Up to 60% of this plant is actually underground where its roots and rhizomes help increase soil fertility and water percolation, this makes it valuable as a soil stabilizer minimizing erosion.

Great habitat plant for upland game birds.

Found from the western side of the Rocky mountains to the east coast and from Florida north into Canada.

Seed Info

Seed Envelopes contain approximately 0.02 ounces of seed and cover about 5 to 10 square feet. 

PLS=Pure Live Seed

Pure Live Seed is a measure of viable seed stated as a percentage. It is the product of total germination times purity.

Example: 96% Germination x 93% Purity = 89% PLS

All of our native warm season grasses and seed mixes are sold PLS.

Product Details

Flower Color: Blue, Green, Red and Gold

Height: 4 to 8 Feet

Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil Hydrology: Mesic to Wet Soils

Bloom Time: September to October

Plant Type: Perennial

Attracts: Birds, Butterflies

Host Plant: Delaware Skipper, Duster Skipper