Andropogon gerardii (Big Blue Stem)
Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'
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Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

Big Blue Stem

Plant Type: Grasses

Patent: pp26283

Shorter species with exceptional clumping and upright growth habit. Dark green summer foliage turns purple-red in fall and then eventually bright scarlet-red after the first frost. Burgundy-red flowers bloom in August.

  • Short for the species
  • Easy maintenance
  • Excellent drought tolerance

Height:

4-6 ft

Spread:

2-3 ft

Zone:

4-9

Andropogon

Common Name: Big Bluestem

A North American native, this prairie grass is very drought tolerant and requires very little maintenance.  They are excellent for mass plantings and create lovely tableaus when interplanted with flowering perennials.  A warm season grass.

Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure

Sun Tolerant

Soil Moisture Needs

Average Soil

Critter Resistance

Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant

Attributes

Border
Drought Tolerant
Mass Plant

Growth Rate in the Garden

Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

Late Summer / Early Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage)

Fall
Late Summer