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Andropogon gerardii

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Common Name: Big Bluestem, Turkey-foot

Full sun, moderately wet to dry moisture level, tolerant of a wide range of soils, slightly acid to slightly alkaline pH.  4-8 feet height, blooms in summer, purple but not showy flowers, freely self-seeds under preferred growing conditions.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm-season, low-maintenance grass that is easy to grow.  Develops an extensive root system so is somewhat slow to establish.  Good architectural plant that turns a light reddish to purple brown in autumn.  Good for erosion control and takes heat and drought well. It has the potential to be weedy.  Does not hold an attractive shape in winter when it dries out.  Attracts birds.

Big Bluestem, Turkey-foot - Andropogon gerardii
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/