Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' - Big Bluestem

Ornamental Grasses

Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'

Big Bluestem

Andropogon ‘Blackhawks’ features upright foliage starts out dark green but begins to turn red-purple in August as nights cool and is nearly black by late September. Plants grow 4-5 foot tall. Big bluestem grass is a tall Missouri native grass that was the dominant grass of the tallgrass prairie which once covered large parts of the Midwest. It may be grown as an ornamental grass because of its attractive foliage which changes color seasonally, its good architectural height and its interesting flower/seed heads. Very striking!

Additional:

Warm-season grass

Big Bluestem Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions. Cut stems to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear.

Height:

48-60 in

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Spread:

12-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Winter
Summer
Attributes
Specimen
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Native
Border or Bed
Foliage Color
Red
Almost Black
Green
Purple
Great Companion Plants for Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'
Yarrow Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'New Vintage Red')
Blanket Flower Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Apricot')
Willowleaf Sunflower Willowleaf Sunflower (Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold')
Ornamental Onion Ornamental Onion (Allium tanguticum 'Summer Beauty')
Tickseed Tickseed (Coreopsis 'Uptick™ Yellow & Red')
Similar Plants to Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'
Feather Reed Grass Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')
Maiden Grass Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Fire Dragon')
Little Bluestem Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium )