Andropogon gerardii

Common name: Big Blue Stem

Native plant

Known commonly as Big Bluestem, but to those of us that are prairie nuts it will always be “turkey-foot” because of the bird-like track it makes when you slap the seed head on sandy ground. It is a very tall grass, the tallest native grass in the area, reaching maximum heights of 8 feet. The stems turn a blue/purple color in late summer and into fall which can lend a dramatic effect to a prairie or garden planting. Big Bluestem matures rather quickly, even from seed, with full height reached in two seasons if they are well cared for. It is a lovely addition to most gardens in full to part sun and can tolerate most soils save the very dry. Just remember that this one gets very big, but it grows just fine if crowded.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period



Harsh exposure tolerant, Road-side/salt tolerant

General information

Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
8 Feet
Max width
3 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color
Russet Orange Yellow

Additional information

Loved by birds

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