Big Bluestem is the state grass of Illinois and represents the structure of the Illinois prairie well wherever its planted. For a taller, more robust grass with great fall color, look no further than Big Bluestem. This grass serves as a host plant for skipper butterflies.
4 to 9
4 to 6 ft.
2 to 3 ft.
Dry Soil, Medium Soil
Good for borders and massing. Works well in many naturalized gardens or in the back of a native planting as taller backdrop or screen.
Care and Maintenance
Clumping grass that does spread slowly by rhizomes or seed. Sometimes slow to establish but very drought tolerant once established. Low maintenance plant.
Pest and Diseases
No major issues
Establishment and Propagation
Typically established from plugs, but may also be direct seeded using stratified seed.
Alternative Plant Selections
Illinois native statewide
One of the tallest native grasses. Interesting and attractive seedheads that are often referred to as "turkey feet."