Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay

Height: 3 - 7 feet

Spread: 2 - 3 feet

Blooms: June, July, August, September

Root: Fibrous, Rhizome

Habitat: Prairies, Savannas, Open woodlands, Woodland borders, Wet meadows along rivers

Landscape uses: Pollinator garden, Meadow planting, Naturalization 

Complimentary Plants: Yellow Coneflower, New England Aster, Common Ironweed

Wildlife Value: Several insects feed on this prairie grass  Host Plant: Northern Pearly-eye, Common-Wood Nymph, Ottoe Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Delaware Skipper, Arogos Skipper, and Indian Skipper

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: A, D

Andropogon gerardii - Big Bluestem

  • Big Bluestem is a warm season grass that grows during summer when soil temperatures are warm.  It is one of the key grasses of Ontario's tallgrass prairie ecosystem, and has long routes, making ti drought tolerant. It is a sturdy plant that has great fall color in the range of gold and pink and can remain standing in winter months.