Andropogon gerardii
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Andropogon gerardii

big bluestem

  family poaceae 
  genus andropogon 

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Genus  Andropogon Species  gerardii Variety  Cultivar  Common names  big bluestem   turkeyfoot   beardgrass Family  POACEAE Specimen number  S11405 Data source  HtZn p75;Xeri p293
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Grass Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 02a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-09 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Andropogon gerardii has an attractive autumn display of leaves. Beardgrass (also known as big bluestem and turkeyfoot) can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The optimal soil texture for this species is one that is sandy. It needs soil that is dry. This is an ornamental grass appropriate for gardens.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  copper colored in the autumn Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Division Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Andropogon gerardii can be achieved by division.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Andropogon gerardii is a perennial. Flowers: Beardgrass (locally known in some parts as big bluestem and turkeyfoot) has clustered flowers. The flowers are most often a purple color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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