Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii 'Dancing Wind' PP26,892
A landscape chameleon, this upright selection starts with bluish-green foliage with red accents that changes to bright red in the fall and winter, lighting up the landscape! Showy seed heads provide food for native birds. Showy in groups. Strong rooting makes it excellent for erosion control.
Superb for mass planting and erosion control
Fast growing and drought tolerant
Striking foliage color throughout the growing year
Provides good food and nesting for many birds
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. This plant can be slow to establish because of its extensive root system which makes it an excellent choice for erosion control. Plants can be pruned to near ground level in later winter or early spring. Clumps can be divided in early summer, use a sturdy shovel!
Mature Size: 4-6' Tall x 2-3' Wide
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
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Full sun:Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day Partial shade:Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine Shade:Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.