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Big Bluestem 'Blackhawks'

Big Bluestem 'Blackhawks'

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Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' (PP27949)


Uses: Cold hardy, perennial ornamental flowering grass 

Benefits: Native to North America. Foliage often changes through shades of greens, purples, and blacks with the seasons. Provides shelter for and attracts birds! 

Zones: 3 - 9

Sun: Full Sun

Life Cycle: Perennial

Mature Height: 4' - 5'

Mature Width: 1' - 2'

Bloom Season: Late Summer


Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' —commonly called Big Bluestem—is an extremely popular and beautiful cold-hardy variety of ornamental grass. 

Often referenced as the "Monarch of the Prairie", this ornamental grass was once one of the primary components of the American tallgrass prairie.

Typically starting off in the spring as mixed shades of green, this grass often changes its color throughout the season, usually hitting shades of purple in the summer before transitioning into hues of black.

A great ornamental grass for many different locations. Plant groups of them together to create an attractive landscaping bed, use in corner beds, with other perennials, with fencing, or to create borders.   

Flowers may be cut and dried for use in decorations and arrangements.


Big Bluestem Grass Care

Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' is extremely low maintenance and easy to care for. 

Fertilizations will accelerate growth and keep your plant well fed. We suggest using our slow release fertilizer, or something similar.

Water regularly after planting and throughout its first year of establishment, or in periods of drought. Although this plant is considered drought tolerant, its ideal soil is moist, rich, and well draining. 

It may be cut back it it becomes too large, or falls over. It's suggested to cut back this grass in late winter or early spring. Leave at least 2" of foliage when cutting back. 

Big Bluestem does best when grown in full sun, although we've heard success stories from partially shaded areas.


Size of Big Bluestem for Sale Online

The Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.

Size of Big Bluestem When Fully Grown

Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' typically grows to a fully mature height of 4' to 5' and a width of 1' to 2'. 

Additional Information

Common Names of Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'

  • Big Bluestem

  • Blackhawk Bluestem

Toxicity and Risks of Big Bluestem

We were unable to find too much information on the toxicity of Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks'.

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