Andropogon gerardii 'Holy Smoke' (Big Bluestem) grown in a 3-gallon pot.

Andropogon gerardii 'Holy Smoke' (Big Bluestem)

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Andropogon gerardii 'Holy Smoke' is a cultivar of Andropogon gerardii, also called big bluestem, an upright, perennial prairie grass native to most areas of the United States.The 'Holy Smoke' cultivar is noted for its incredibly colorful foliage, which emerges green and burgundy red in the spring, and matures to darker purples and pinks through the summer.

Big bluestem generally prefers full sun and well-drained soil, but it can thrive in a variety of soils and conditions, including poor soils, and can grow to four to five feet tall, with flowers occasionally adding up to three extra feet. Airy purplish flowers appear in late summer before turning to persistent seed heads, which last through the winter and provide a food source for migrating and overwintering birds. An equally excellent choice for sunny, drought-prone gardens or for erosion management projects, 'Holy Smoke' is an excellent colorful cultivar with plenty of ecological benefits.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Tall: 49-72"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Poor, Average, and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green and Purple
Features: Erosion Control, Fall Color, Attracts Birds, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Deer Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow, Small Space, Container, and Rain Garden

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