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Big Bluestem - Package of 25 Plants

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Big Bluestem 

Commonly known as Andropogon gerardii. It is a type of grass common in the native grasslands of the Prairies and east 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 Big Bluestem's thick roots send out strenuous and vigorous rhizomes forming a heavy sod.

This grass grows on roadsides, woodlands, sandy areas, riverbanks, and meadows.

Big Bluestem stabilizes the soil hence controlling soil erosion.

This grass is essential 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 soil erosion. Furthermore, it is planted to protect against wind erosion above the ground. It is also a high-quality forage species for all classes of livestock.

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

Furthermore, It can survive substantial grazing; hence it is highly edible for livestock during the summer and spring. It 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 also benefits wildlife; It provides shelter for nesting birds and insects. Its seeds are also for consumption by songbirds and 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 significant aspect of erosion management on overgrazed or farmed land. It then serves as a haven and fodder for wildlife. In the home landscape, giant 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.

The stems are flat and bluish in hue at the plant's base. 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 the 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 giant 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 harsh circumstances and may be found in damp and dry open areas. They flourish in warm weather with a reasonable quantity of rain. It is 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.

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 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."