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Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'

#PP27949, EUPBRAF
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Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' - Big Blue Stem - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

More About Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' (PP27949, EUPBRAF)

  • Dense, slightly arching clump of deep green leaves
  • Foliage turns to purple in the summer, and almost black in autumn
  • Seed heads start to appear in late summer and persist through fall
  • Bloom Time: Early autumn into winter
  • Upright specimen or border plant good for cut/dried flowers
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer.  They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

Zone:

3

Height:

125-150 cm

Spread:

50-60 cm

Colour:

Purple (deep)

Blackhawks Big Blue Stem Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun, tolerating drought, once established. Thrives in summer heat and humidity. This plant should be cut back in the spring to make way for new growth.  

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Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' (PP27949, EUPBRAF) Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Winter

Habit

Clumping
Columnar

Foliage Color

Green (dark)
Purple
Black

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Specimen

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