Big Blue Stem

Andropogon gerardii 'Dancing Wind'

  • Dense, slightly arching clump of blue-green leaves
  • Leaves splashed with red in summer, aging to scarlet in the fall
  • Three-pronged burgundy-purple seed heads are held on sturdy stems
  • Seed heads start to appear in late summer and persist through winter
  • Bloom Time: Early autumn into winter
  • Flower Height: 160 cm
  • Foliage Height: 140 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



140-160 cm

50-60 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.