andropogon gerardii (big blue stem, turkey foot blue stem) native

Size: 1 gallon
  • dense, slightly arching clump of blue-green leaves
  • leaves turn a bronze-red in the fall and colour remains through the winter months
  • three-pronged burgundy-purple seed heads are held on sturdy stems
  • seed heads start to appear in late summer and persist through fall
  • bloom time: early autumn into winter
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 3
  • height 150-200cm
  • spread 60-100cm
  • colour burgundy
  • grows best in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun
  • thrives in summer heat and humidity
  • this plant should be cut back in the spring to make way for new growth
  • full sun
  • deer resistant
  • low maintenance
  • native to ontario
  • evergreen
  • drought tolerant, once established
  • long blooming
  • heat tolerant
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)