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The most prevalent of all the prairie grasses, Big Bluestem once covered thousands of miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.
Thriving on a tremendous range of soils, in late summer Andropogon gerardii produces distinctive three-parted seed heads which resemble a turkey’s foot. The lush green
of the leaves and stems changes with the first frost to an attractive reddish-copper colour that provides landscape interest well into winter. For a solid stand of Big
Bluestem plant at a rate of 5 KG per acre.
Makes Great Cut Flowers!
No pre-treatment necessary other than cold, dry storage. Start at least 4 weeks before outdoor night
temperatures are reliably in the 10 C (50 F) range. Plant seed 3 mm (1/8 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy and very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are
5 cm (2 in.) tall, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 ft.) apart.
Sow seed 3 mm (1/8 inch) deep outdoors in either late fall or early spring.