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Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

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A tall, perennial, warm-season grass native to North America with a wide range stretching from the great plains into the mountain west and to the east coast.

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This tentative map is based on the FHWA's ERA. This data lacks information on Canada, but also overestimates native ranges, especially around the edges, as this post explains. We have not yet reviewed or fixed this map.


Requires full sun, but adapts to a wide range of soil types.

One of the dominant grasses of prairies, especially mid-successional prairies, but also found in a wide range of other habitats, including roadsides and fallow fields.


Occasionally used as an ornamental grass, especially in native plant gardens, where it is valued for its drought tolerance. Stems sometimes flop over late in the season, when not supported by other vegetation.

Also planted in prairie restorations.

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