Description

Red October Big Bluestem 

General Information

Big Bluestem Red October is a great ornamental grass that can work well in many different areas of your landscape.  It can grow to a large height, up to 6 feet tall.  The parent of this grass, Big Bluestem, is a native grass that was once widespread throughout much of the midwest.  This particular grass was propagated by a nursery in Illinois.  The height and ornamental value of this grass makes it perfect as a contrast for other plants or could easily standout on its own.  The grass emerges in the spring in deep green color with red along the margins, staying green through the summer.  In the late summer, the grass turns purplish-red, before turning a brilliant red color after the first frost.  In later summer, red flowers bloom, turning to three pronged seed pods that add a great deal to the ornamental value of this grass in the autumn season.

Additional Information

Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October’ grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, with a spread of 2 to 3 feet.  It is recommended for climate zones 4 to 9.  It grows best in full sunlight.  Red October grows best in medium quality, well drained soils with just average amounts of moisture.  It adapts to a wide variety of conditions.  Once the grass has established its root system, it has great drought tolerance.  It can be trimmed to near the ground in the winter before new growth appears.  Red October is not known to have any disease or insect issues.

Care & Shipping Notes

NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.

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Mature Width 2 to 3 Feet
Mature Height 4 to 6 Feet
Light Full Sun
Planting Zone 4 to 9

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