Andropogon gerardii 'Bison'
- Big Bluestem, Turkey Foot
This is a tall, narrow-leaved, non-floppy Big bluestem.
The added feature is the early blooms - two to three weeks
earlier than any other Andropogon. A. 'Bison' is a great
border plant... a quiet vertical accent while not crowding
out the other plants.
Description: warm season; sod forming
(very slow spreader)
Foliage - green; narrow blade width; 120-150 cm (48-60")
Flowers - late July - August; 135-165 cm (55-65")
Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade;
moist fertile soil; drought tolerant once established; thrives in both
heavy and sandy soils
Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: mid summer - autumn
Partner with: Coreopsis
'Karl Foerster', Panicum
Recommended spacing between plants: 50-80
cm (20-32") why such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Native to: prairies and open woods of
temperate regions of North America (central Mexico to southern
Please note that even though the map shows it as being found
in many provinces of Canada, it does not mean that it is
found in the entire province, rather this map indicates
that it has been found growing in the provinces
indicated, most likely only the southern part.
Pronunciation: Andropogon (an-droh-POH-gon) gerardii
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