Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)



The iconic tallgrass prairie plant, Big Bluestem grows close to 7 feet tall. This grass has beautiful blue and bronze color tones in late summer that make it an eye catching plant in gardens and restorations.


Sun:   Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:   Dry, Medium, Medium-Wet
Height:   7 feet
Blooms:   June, July, Aug, Sept
Color:   Bronze, Tan
Spacing:   2-3′
Zones:   3-9
Benefits:   Butterflies, Pollinators, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Big Blustem is tall, so plant it with other tall plants or scatter it in-between shorter flowers and grasses. It can become aggressive over time–spreading by seed or slowly by underground rhizomes (roots)–so be careful when putting it in gardens.

Companion Plants

Wild Bergamot
Stiff Goldenrod
New England Aster
Compass Plant