Big Blue Stem

Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

Also called Turkey Foot Bluestem

  • Foliage emerges deep green with red highlights in the spring
  • Leaves turn a reddish-bronze with lavender tones in autumn
  • Deep burgundy-purple three-pronged seed heads are held on sturdy stems
  • Bloom Time: September into winter
  • Flower Height: 200 cm
  • Foliage Height: 150 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



150-200 cm

60-100 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun, tolerating drought, once established. Thrives in summer heat and humidity. This plant should be cut back in the spring to make way for new growth.  

Additional Notes about Big Blue Stem:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.


work well with Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'