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Big Bluestem

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Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii
Size: #1
6 feet high x 3 feet wide
Zone 3
Sun to Part Sun

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Big Bluestem is a native of the Great Plains prairie ecosystem. Each plant will form a tall dense clump of arching silvery blue foliage turning a copper red color in autumn. The seed heads resemble that of a turkey foot with a purplish inflorescence to it. It is very drought tolerant once established. This is a grass vastly underutilized in the Wyoming landscape. Like all grasses, deer resistant.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.
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