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      Big bluestem is a warm-season perennial bunch grass native to North America. It grows 36 to 72 inches and changes color throughout the year from blue-green during growing season to golden tan at maturity. Big bluestem requires full sun and does best in moist, well-drained sandy and clay loam soils. It does well in low fertility soils. Big bluestem seed heads resemble a turkey foot with a three section branching structure. It is considered a highly desirable tall grass and is commonly referred to as one of the big four prairie grasses along with little bluestem, switchgrass, and Indiangrass. Big bluestem provides excellent grazing for livestock and excellent cover for wildlife. It should be given periodic rest from grazing during the growing season and should not be grazed shorter than 8 to 10 inches to maintain plant vitality. Big bluestem responds well to dormant season burning especially during it's first few inches of new growth.

      Earl big bluestem was released from the James E. "Bud" Smith Plant Materials Center in Knox City, Texas in 1996 and was selected from a native stand located nine miles northeast of Weatherford, Tx in Parker County.


      Common Name: Big Bluestem
      Variety: Earl
      Family: Poaceae
      Genus: Andropogon
      Species: gerardii
      Origin: North America


      Longevity: Perennial
      Season: Warm
      Height: 36" - 72"
      Bloom Period: August - November


      PH Range: 6.0 - 7.5
      Annual Rainfall/Irrigation: > 22"
      Light Requirement: 6 - 8+


      Rate Per Acre: 6
      Planting Dates: 12/1 - 6/1
      Seeds Per Pound: 130,000
      Bushel Weight: 12
      Planting Depth: 1/4 "