Andropogon gerardii 'Rain Dance'

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Common Name:
Big Bluestem
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Time:
Grown for Foliage
Garden Height:
48-60 Inches
Garden Spread:
24 Inches
  • Attractive grass changes color throughout the season
  • Tall & narrow form for dramatic impact
  • An easy, low-maintenance native

A superb grass for beds, borders, and cottage gardens. The leaf blades are red-tipped. It really begins to show off earlier than other ornamental grasses, and the dark green foliage color deepens to a rich, dark maroon as the season progresses. Big bluestem is an important member of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem of North America. 

Uses: Borders, Cottage Gardens, Erosion Control, Landscapes, Mass Planting, Meadow & Prairie Gardens, Naturalizing, Screening
Critter Resistance: Deer
Nature Attraction: Birds
Notable Features: Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flower/Foliage, Autumn Color, Pest & Disease Free, Black Walnut Tolerant, Tolerant of Pollution, Native
Growth Habit: Upright, Clumping

Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in full sun in average soil to poor soils. Overly moist or fertile soils can lead to a floppy habit. Tolerant of dry conditions, once established. Cut to the ground in late winter. May re-seed occasionally under ideal conditions.

Photo(s) courtesy of Emerald Coast Growers

Review (1)

  • Andropogon gerardii 'Rain Dance'

    Posted by Janet Worstell on May 22nd 2023

    Completely satisfied. Was kept apprised of order status, prompt shipping, beautiful plants, fair price. I’ll order again.