- Big Bluestem, Turkey Foot
Big Bluestem is native to the tall-grass prairie habitat. Grown in
ideal conditions, it provides an excellent tall screen or hedge. The
characteristic three-pronged flowers are a wonderful addition to fresh
and dried flower arrangements.
Grow on the lean side (ie. low nutrients and less water) to prevent
it from flopping.
Andropogon means Man in Latin and gerardii is from the name of a French
Description: warm season; sod forming
Foliage blue-green; narrow to medium blade width; 100-200 cm (40-80")
Flowers August through Sept; 150-250 cm (60-100")
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: autumn
Partner with: Asters, Cosmos 'Bright Lights' (annual),
Recommended spacing between plants: 50-100 cm (20-40")
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
; group of 25 plugs
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Compare Andropogon gerardii to our other grasses in this handy