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A tall, narrow, ornamental clump-forming grass with 3" bronze to purplish or green seed heads from June through September, the stems & leaves are blue-green in summer with red tinges on the leaves as they mature, plants turn a rich russet in autumn providing good winter color, food plant for Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala), Arogos Skipper (Atrytone arogos), Cobweb Skipper Butterfly (Hesperia metea), Delaware Skipper Butterfly (Anatrytone logan) & Dusted Skipper Butterfly (Atrytonopsis hianna) butterfly caterpillars. Tolerates harsh conditions, salt tolerant, an important native forage grass of the prairie states.

Dry To Moist
Full Sun
3-7 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-7b
Deer Resistant

Native Range: c. ME, s. QC & ON, west to SK, south to AZ, n. Mexico & FL

Germination - Easy: Cold stratify 8 weeks

Big Bluestem Grass 3.5 inch pot $13.25 (Temporarily Sold Out*)

Big Bluestem Grass Seed Packet $5.00

*We normally carry this item but are temporarily sold out. We expect to have it available again as soon as our plants in production reach sufficient size/maturity or we harvest more seed. In some cases, plants may be recovering from caterpillar damage (Monarchs love our Milkweed), wind or hail damage, rampaging woodchucks, downed trees, or other natural issues. We are constantly updating our web site so please check back again.

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