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(Andropogon gerardi)
Big Bluestem is a vigorous, tall, perennial, native bunchgrass with rhizomatous characteristics. It is widely adapted throughout most of the United States. Its major area of distribution is in the tall grass prairie in the Central States and the Eastern edge of the Great Plains. The grass grows well on most soil types but performs best on moist, fertile, loamy type soils.
Growth begins late in the spring and continues through the summer. Plants usually grow 3-6 feet tall with adequate moisture. The leaf blades are around 1/4 - 1/2 inch wide and approximately 12 inches long. The extensive root system penetrates deeply in to the soil, which contributes to its persistence and drought tolerance.
The forage provides excellent grazing and/or hay for livestock and provides adequate cover for wildlife populations. Big bluestem has great potential for erosion control and soil stabilization. It is best planted in range mixes for revegetation of rangeland or abandoned cultivated land. Seedings should be made on a well-prepared, firm seedbed free from weeds. A seeding rate of 6-8 pls pounds per acre in pure stands and 1-3 pls per acre in a range seed mixture.

Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem Seeds


General Characteristics

Growth Type


Life Span 


Growing Season

Warm Season



Plant Height

4-6 feet

Cold Tolerence


Drought Tolerance


Salt Tolerance


Soil Type

Loam -Clay

Minimum Rainfall


Planting Rate

6-8 pls#

Planting Date

Dec. - June

Seed Type



Wildlife Habitat
Erosion Control


Planting rates above are for pure stands, if utilized in a blend decrease the seeding rate according to the percentage of the component in the blend.


Kaw Big Bluestem is a late maturing, tall variety that was selected for its quality forage, seed production and improved disease resistance. Highly adapted throughout the Great Plains and eastward.


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