Big Bluestem


                                             Big Bluestem                                                   

Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem)




Common Name- Big Bluestem

Other Names- Turkey Foot, Tall Bluestem, Bluejount Beardgrass, Poptillo Gigante

Scientific (Latin) Name- Andropogon Geradii

Plant Family- Poaceae





-less than a fourth of an inch long

-growth starts in late spring and goes through fall



Big Bluestem Seedling



 -about one inch tall






-it is four inches tall     



Flowering Plant 

                    Big bluestem flowering (Andropogon gerardii)

bloom period:

-late summer to fall is the flowering Big Blue stem stage

-the stem turns blueish purple to red in the bloom period

-the leaves turn reddish with yellow flowers in the fall. 




-10- 12 feet long





-army worms in the dry season

-they can live through extreme temperatures

-air pollution






Picture of Big Bluestem Leaf Hair

-The Big Blue stem has a small, membranous ligule. Hairs are common along the leaf sheath and blade.



Interesting FACTS





this type of grass was an important food for the American bison, because it was the biggest type of grass there was


-the big blue stem can still get quite aggressive when it's established in a favorable, undisturbed location but over grazing and land destruction have reduced it to mere patches of its former range


-root type is fiberous

-it need sun, part shade

 -water use is low, medium,

 -soil is moist

 -it is a warm season grass



-occurs in dry soils, prairies, open ground and open woods,prefers sandy well-drained soils, can not grow in the shade,requires dry or moist soil.





wildflowers of the tallgrass prairie pg.249

tallgrass prairie wild flowers pg. 236

Iowas living roadway/ seedling id guide for native prairie plants, wikipidia , Jewels of the Prairie poster Prairie roots,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



















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