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BIG BLUESTEM

(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

Bunch

Life Span 

Perennial

Growing Season

Warm Season

Native/Introduced

Native

Plant Height

4-6 feet

Cold Tolerence

Good

Drought Tolerance

Good

Salt Tolerance

Poor

Soil Type

Loam -Clay

Minimum Rainfall

25

Planting Rate

6-8 pls#

Planting Date

Dec. - June

Seed Type

Chaffy

Uses

Grazing
Wildlife Habitat
Erosion Control
Reclamation

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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

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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