Big Blue Stem (Andropogon gerardii)
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Deciduous Perennial in the Poaceae Family
 
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Size Notes Price Availability
#1 Field SALE $9.12 Frequently available
38 Flat Field SALE $67.15 Frequently available

Named Cultivars Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks', Andropogon gerardii 'Holy Smoke', Andropogon gerardii 'Indian Warrior', Andropogon gerardii 'Karl's Cousin', Andropogon gerardii 'Red Bull', Andropogon gerardii 'Red October', Andropogon gerardii 'Sentinel'
 
Plant Data
Mature Size 4 - 6 feet tall. 24 - 36 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance - Medium
Zones 4a - 9b
Tags Illinois Native, Grasses, Most Popular
Bloom Period September to February
Flower Color Purplish-Red
Animals That Use It

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