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Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' (Big bluestem)

Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' PP26283

Big bluestem

Selected for its fine foliage and vivid red fall color
From Brent Horvath, Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

Deep green foliage emerges in spring with notable red tips, providing an immediate display of color and texture. The real show begins around the first frost of October - the chill sends the graceful foliage into a flurry of vivid red, becoming topped with tall, scarlet red inflorescences swaying in the autumn breeze. Striking!

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Height

6 Feet

Spread

2 Feet

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Andropogon gerardii is very tolerant of diverse conditions, but is most often found in full sun, dry and sandy to clay soils. It grows quickly in moist, fertile soils, but is more likely to bend and fall over. Clumps can be divided in early summer, but bring a sturdy shovel!

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Late Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Winter
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Attributes
Dry Sun
Grass Type: Warm Season
Meadow
Moist Sun
Native to North America