This upright, arching grass with flattened leaves emerges blue-green in spring. As time progresses into summer the foliage matures to green with red tinges then in fall to a reddish bronze. Red, 3-pronged, flower clusters appear in August and linger until October making it a beautiful fall spectacle. It is a taller grass that grows 150-200 cm (5-6 ft.) up and 60-90 cm (2-3 ft.) round. Very little maintenance is required.
Big Bluestem excels in areas of full sun and is quite aggressive once established. This zone 3 grass can be used ornamentally, for privacy, erosion control or to attract wildlife, other than deer. It’s like candy for cattle and great for nesting songbirds that also eat the seeds. Drought and soil tolerance are just a few of the benefits of working with the Andropogon gerardii. Don’t cut it back until early spring so you can enjoy its winter appeal as well.
You really autumn know . . . Big Bluestem grass pairs well with Coneflower varieties.