(Andropogon gerardii) The monarch of the prairie, largely responsible
for the formation of the famous prairie sod. Once
covered thousands of square miles of the tallgrass
prairie from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky
Mountains. Lush green 3-8' plants change color at
first frost to an attractive reddish-copper that lasts
well into the winter. Thrives in almost any soil.
Perennial. Hardy to zone 3.
In Late Winter or Spring
Green Thumb Tip Sow seeds indoors in a warm area (70-85°F).
Transplant outdoors after danger of frost has passed.
Seeds can also be directly sown into a weed-free
seedbed in late April-June. Tolerates most moisture
levels and withstands drought.
Prairie, Big Bluestem
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