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Andropogon Garardii - Big Blue Stem

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$4.99
Usage
Drought Tolerant Plants, Ponds & Water Gardens,
Usage
Drought Tolerant Plants, Ponds & Water Gardens,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Exposure
Full Sun,
Height At Maturity
Under 10 Feet
Ships
Year Round

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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

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Ships Year Round

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Andropogon Garardii - Big Blue Stem

Andropogon Garardii - Big Blue Stem, better known as Big Bluestem, Turkeyfoot, or Bluejoint is a tall grass plant native to the prairie region of the United States, and in the grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands of the eastern United States. It is very common throughout many areas of the United States, and most people have seen it plenty of times but may not be familiar with its actual name. Big Bluestem is a perennial warm-season tall grass and is capable of growing in a variety of soil types as long as the soil is relatively moist. It can grow in the sun and/or shade.

Mature specimens are very imposing growing to a mature height of 1–3 meters or 3.3–9.8 feet.

The base of the stem changes to a lovely blue or purple as the plant matures hence the name "big bluestem." Notably, this plant is quick growing and grows after wildfires have desecrated the surrounding areas. Plants are anchored by an extensive fibrous root system that is said to penetrate the soil at a depth of 10 feet or more.

The plant blooms in the summer and emits seeds through the fall.

The flower cluster is of two to six flowers, with an average of three. Skinny and spiky flowers alternately arranged along the top of the stem somewhat resemble a turkey's foot hence one of the plant's alternative names, "turkey foot". There are many spiky elements to the plant from the base of the stem to the flowers; the spikelets are very prevalent all over. This grass is vital to the ecosystem because it is used by ranchers to feed horses and cattle due to its high protein content. Big Bluestem can also be used as a hay and is considered a potential for alternative ethanol production. The Big Bluestem is a vital plant to the fragile ecosystem of much of the United States. Andropogon Garardii - Big Blue Stem