Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

Handsome gray to blue-green stems in spring turning to green alternating with deep red in summer then to coppery red in fall. Three fingered seed heads top tall stems in August. Clump forming with excellent drought tolerance once established.

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6-7 ft


18-24 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 -9

Big Bluestem Growing and Maintenance Tips

Andropogon is not a fussy grower.  It will tolerate just about any soil or moisture level as long as full sun is provided.  Lean to average soils are best, as too much fertility will cause the plants to be more open and weak in habit. It is very low maintenance and long lived once established.

Andropogon gerardii Characteristics


  • Specimen
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Plant
  • Border


  • Sun Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average
  • Moist