'Red October' is a show stopper with year-round beauty. The foliage emerges in spring with reddish highlights. In summer the foliage is a lush, deep green. Burgundy red flowers bloom in August while the foliage takes on a purple-red hue. The first frost brings on the vivid, scarlet red, fall color. Attractive to butterflies, birds and other beneficial insects. Provides cover for at least 24 species of songbirds. Tough and easy to grow.
All season beauty, vivid red fall color
Attracts birds and butterflies
Drought tolerant once established
Superb for mass planting and erosion control
Deer resistant, tolerant of black walnut
Seed heads dry well for cut flower arrangements
Andropogon gerardii can be found in moist meadows and alongside roads and rivers from Canada to Mexico.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Big bluestem once dominated the tall-grass prairies of North America, forming rippling waves of amber taller than a man on horseback from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern forests.
Andropogon gerardii is very tolerant of diverse conditions but is most often found in full sun, dry and sandy to clay soils. It grows quickly in moist, fertile soils, but is more likely to bend and fall over. Clumps can be divided in early summer, but bring a sturdy shovel!