Big Bluestem Grass
(Andropogon gerardi)

This warm season perennial bunch grass is the dominant grass in the tallgrass prairie. It will attain a height of up to 8 feet and is planted for its blue-green to green color in the summer and reddish purple color in the fall. In late August, it produces a three part seed head that resembles a turkey foot. It thrives in a wide range of soils including wet and poorly drained clay.

Height Min


Height Max



Red, Bronze

Bloom Months

Aug, Sep, Oct

Moisture Conditions

Dry, Medium, Moist

Soil Types

Clay, Loam, Sand

Light Conditions