Andropogon gerardii Vitman

Big Blue Stem, Turkeyfoot

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Andropogon

Category: Grass

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: 5 to 8' tall in bloom , 3 to 4' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun


Upright and clump forming, warm season grass. Leaves are green to blue-green, 1/2" wide and up to 20" long. Autumn color is orange to red. Flowers in late summer, purplish red. Darke says they resemble "an upside-down turkey foot." Prefers moist sites. Freely self seeds.


Published in Summa Pl. 6: 16 in 1792.

Native to the US and Canada, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico.


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