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Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

#PPAF

Also called Turkey Foot Bluestem


More About Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' (PPAF)

  • Foliage emerges deep green with red highlights in the spring
  • Leaves turn a reddish-bronze with lavender tones in autumn
  • Deep burgundy-purple seed heads are three-pronged on sturdy stems
  • Bloom Time: September into winter
  • Flower Height: 200 cm
  • Foliage Height: 150 cm
  • 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:

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 'Red October' (PPAF) Characteristics

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

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green
Blue

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Screening (privacy)
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

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