Big Bluestem 25 For $26.99

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    Big Blue Stem

    Posted by Earl Harris on Jan 26, 2022

    this can make a good facade to areas which are untouched and can be grown in vast areas. I actually have this planted along my farm which has been idle for a long time.

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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Big Bluestem can tolerate several varieties of soil conditions

Big Bluestem is commonly known as Andropogon gerardii. It is a type of grass common in the native grasslands of the Prairies and east of Mississippi states. It is a species that can tolerate several varieties of soil conditions.

Being a perennial bench grass, the base of the stem turns purple or blue as it matures.

 Additionally, the heads of the seeds have spike-like projections. The roots of the Big Bluestem are thick hence sending out strenuous and vigorous rhizomes forming a heavy sod.

This grass majorly grows in the roadsides, woodlands, sandy areas, riverbanks, and meadows. 

Big Bluestem stabilizes the soil hence controlling the soil erosion


This grass is important in many sectors. It is useful in conservation. Being a dominant native grass species, It is mixable with other prairie native grasses for the re-vegetation of highways and restoration.

Since it does best in moist soils, it can be helpful for logging road restoration and reclamation. 

The planting of this grass stabilizes the soil hence controlling the soil erosion. Furthermore, it is planted to protect against wind erosion above the ground. It is also high-quality of the forage species for all the classes of the livestock.

Since it has high protein content, several people cultivate it as a pasture grass for use in the making of hay.


 Furthermore, It can survive substantial grazing; hence it is highly edible for the livestock during the summer and spring. The Big Bluestem is also suitable for landscaping. It is helpful in the prairie plantings and the wildflower meadows. Moreover, it is an efficient border in the native plant gardens; hence people refer to it as an ornamental grass.

 It is also highly useful to the wildlife; It provides shelter for the nesting birds and insects. Its seeds are also for consumption by the songbirds and the prairie chickens. The vegetative parts of the Big Bluestem are consumable by the bison and the deer with the whitetail.

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This grass is a warm-season grass that grows well in arid regions. The plant was previously common across the grasslands of North America. Planting this grass has become a major aspect of erosion management on overgrazed or farmed land. It then serves as a haven and fodder for wildlife. In the home landscape, big bluestem grass can enhance a native flower garden or border an open property line.

The grass has a solid stem, distinguishing it from most grass species with hollow stems. It is a rhizomatous perennial grass that spreads via seeds and rhizomes.

At the plant's base, the stems are flat and bluish in hue. From July to October, the grass has 3 to 6 feet tall inflorescences that develop into three-part seed heads resembling turkey feet. When the clumping grass dies back in the fall, it takes on a reddish tint until it begins to grow again in the spring.

Physical Appearance

It is a beautiful bunchgrass with fine-textured foliage that grows in density of mounds 18-24 inches tall. Slender blue-green stems reach 3 feet by September and turn a brilliant mahogany-red in the fall, with white, gleaming seed tufts. Color lasts almost the entire winter.

The long hairs around the leaf base can also be used to identify big bluestem grass on young leaves. Indiangrass is a warm-season bunchgrass that grows 4-7 feet tall and has an elegant, fountain-like form.

The "rifle-sight" where the leaf blade attaches to the stem is a defining feature of this grass.


This plant is native to the eastern 2/3 of the US. It is a warm-season grass, meaning it grows actively during the summer when soil temperatures are high, and it is found from the mid-western short grass prairies to the coastal plain. It is a large plant that can grow over six feet tall in typical settings.

This grass can withstand tough circumstances and may be found in both damp and dry open areas. They flourish in warm weather with a reasonable quantity of rain. It is quite adaptable to a wide range of soil types, from sandy to clay, as long as they are well-drained. This plant turns brown and inactive during the harsh winters.


The flowers of little bluestem are purplish-bronze. Because the blooms are wind-pollinated, they do not require an insect to pollinate them. Flowers that have been pollinated will yield seeds with fluffy white "beards." During the winter, the seeds will frequently remain attached to the stalks.

Purpose of The Big Bluestem Grass on The Ecosystem

These plants have a variety of applications, including grazing by large cattle, landscaping, and erosion management. This grass provides maximum environmental protection throughout the summer, but it also serves as a protective cover during the winter because of its resistance to snow flattening.

This plant also attracts butterflies and songbirds to your garden while providing architectural height, gorgeous leaves, and winter interest. At least 24 species of songbirds rely on big bluestem for cover. This plant, native from Canada to Mexico, has been dubbed the "Prince of the Tallgrass Prairie."

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