Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Big Bluestem
Andropogon gerardi
Location: in meadow at front
The most prevalent and widely distributed of all the prairie grasses, Big Bluestem was largely responsible for the formation of the famous prairie sod. Growing five to eight feet tall, it thrives on a tremendous range of soils, from wet, poorly-drained clay to dry open sand. In late August it produces its distinctive three-parted seedheads, which resemble a turkey foot. The lush green of the leaves and stems change with the first frost to an attractive reddish-bronze color that provides landscape interest well into the winter.
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Genus: Andropogon (big bluestem grass)
Family: Poaceae (grasses)
Order: Cyperales (grasses and sedges)
Class: Liliopsida (Monocots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)