Big Bluestem, Turkeyfoot
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials
This is the classic tall prairie grass of the Midwest, where it can reach 8 ft. high. In drier climates, it’s more likely to grow 3–5 ft. tall. A clump former (to about 3 ft. wide), it does not ordinarily spread by rhizomes. Thin blades are blue green in summer, turning bronzy red or coppery in fall. Flowers are unshowy but interesting; purplish spikes to 4 in. long, borne at stem ends in sets of three or more (arranged like a turkey’s foot).
Tolerates a range of soil and moisture conditions. Cut dried stems to base yearly before new spring growth begins. Divide clump when center starts to die. Effective screen when massed if given regular water. A single plant makes a good accent in a mixed border.
Native to Asia. Only moderately spiny. Leaves are 2–3 ft. long, divided into toothed, stalkless,...
Rising above clumps of fleshy, blue-green leaves, the purplish blue upper leaves and flower bracts of ...
Large chartreuse to lime green leaves are veined and centered with bright red; white blossoms.