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Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Big Bluestem is a warm season grass; it actively grows during the summer when soil temperatures are warm.  It is a big plant, getting over six feet tall in most situations.  In a landscape it can be used as an accent, but it can be aggressive so is not recommended for small spaces.  It has great fall color in the range of gold and pink.  


Big Bluestem is the host to many insects, including Northern Pearly-eye, Common-Wood Nymph, Ottoe Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Delaware Skipper, Arogos Skipper, and Indian Skipper. This well-known prairie staple plays an extremely important role in native prairie ecosystems and provides habitat for many insects, small mammals, and birds. 


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