Big BlueStem

Big Bluestem in Seed

Big Bluestem in Seed

Big Bluestem is a native of the tall grass prairies. It is known by the common names of Turkey Feet and Beard Grass (Andropogon gerardii). It is a beautiful grass that grows several feet tall, produces plumes of these red-brown (about 3 inch long) seed heads and, it waves at you from the prairie fields. It is attractive in every season. Big bluestem is a native to this area of zone 4 and its extensive root structure is credited with preserving our rich soil. The birds seem to like the seeds and the deer nibble away at the grasses as greenery becomes scarce. I have planted several plugs of big bluestem over the years and have a few starts that sustain themselves year to year. Another woman, who lives within a few miles, has done extensive prairie restoration. I think I have her to thank for spurring reestablishment of some of the indigenous grasses.

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