Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October’

(Red October Big Bluestem)


$12.99


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This Big Bluestem cultivar was originally chosen for its narrow leaves and upright habit, but it’s the foliage color everyone is talking about. Leaves start deep green with red highlights in spring. As fall approaches, the red increases and deepens to burgundy. Then, after the first frost, foliage turns candy-apple-red hues mixed with scarlet. Even the turkey-foot shaped seed heads of Red October Big Bluestem are shades of red. The effect is stunning, especially when planted in mixed-perennial, fall-blooming borders, where a 6’ height is an asset. This native ornamental grass is tough like the species, but with a red-themed twist.

Description

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions. Puts out lots of growth in moist, fertile soils, but is less apt to topple in dryish, infertile soils. Freely self-seeds in optimum growing conditions. This grass develops an extensive root system and is somewhat slow to establish, but, once established, has excellent drought tolerance and is easy to maintain. Cut stems to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear.

Additional information

Common Name

Red October Big Bluestem

Botanical Name

Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

5-6'

Width

2-4'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average to dry

Blooming Period

late summer

Flower Color

buff

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

Green tinged with red at tips

Deer Resistant

Yes

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