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Andropogon gerardii

Also called Turkey Foot Bluestem


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More About Andropogon gerardii

  • Dense, slightly arching clump of blue-green leaves
  • Leaves turn a bronze-red in the fall and colour remains throughout the winter months
  • Deep burgundy-purple seed heads are three-pronged on sturdy stems
  • Seed heads start to appear in late summer and persist through fall
  • Bloom Time: September into winter
  • Flower Height: 200 cm
  • Foliage Height: 150 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

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:

150-200 cm

Spread:

60-100 cm

Colour:

Burgundy
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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.  


Andropogon gerardii Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Blue
Green

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Naturalizing
Foundation planting

 Suitable Substitutions for Andropogon gerardii

 

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