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Andropogon gerardii - big blue stem

Native Wetland Plants

Andropogon gerardii

Big blue stem

More About Big blue stem

  • Great vertical accent with lush blue-green summer grass up to 6'
  • Autumn color copper!

The tallest American member of the Andropogon genus, big blue stem, forms sturdy upright clumps of narrow blades standing 6' tall. Andropogon gerardii prefers slightly moist soils but is surprisingly drought tolerant once established. The lush blue-green summer foliage takes on a copper accent in fall which persists through the Winter.

Bloom Color

Reddish Brown

Andropogon gerardii Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Mature Height
> 4'
Spread Characteristics
Clumping
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Winter
Pond Zonation
Flood Plain - Upland
Foliage Color
Green
Red
Wildlife Benefits
Cover
Food
Nesting
Songbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
FACW
FACW-
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Warm Season Grass
Attributes
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Focal Point
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Winter Persistant
USDA Hardiness Zone
4
5
6
7
8
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