Andropogon gerardii (Big Bluestem)

Planate leaves emerge blue-green in the spring and turn green with touches of red as the warmer weather comes, then take on burgundy-lavender tones in the fall. Fast growth rate.

Blooms late summer
4-6 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer resistant
Tolerant to juglone

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture
Native to Native

Bright orange/yellow flowers bloom on top of tall hairy stems, and give way to seed pods. Leaves are speared and narrow. Despite it’s common name, this particular species of milkweed has no milky sap. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid summer to early fall
1-3 ft tall x 1-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
Drought resistant
Moderate salt tolerance

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Dark violet, thin daisy-like flowers grow thickly on green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late summer to late fall
1.5-2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Moderate salt tolerance

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This tall, slender perennial features widely branched inflorescence bearing fluffy blooms of purple, red, or white flowers that are a magnet for Monarch butterflies. The bright green, narrow grass-like foliage turns a shade of rich bronze in fall. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late-summer
2-4 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Bright yellow, brown cone, leaves covered with bristly hairs, moderate growth rate, blooms early summer to early fall, full sun to partial shade, 2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide.

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Blue green with red tinges, purple red blooms, copper orange brown fall foliage, fast growth rate, blooms late summer, 3 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide, full sun.

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Tall green foliage and long brown seedheads cultivates on sand dunes and along the shores of the Great Lakes, growing as the sand rises on the dunes. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to mid summer
2-3 ft tall x 1 ft wide
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)

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Vertical clusters of flat leaves emerge greyish blue in the spring, maturing to green with touches of red in the summer, and finally turning a bronze-burgundy with shades of lavender in the fall.

Blooms mid summer to late fall
6 ft tall x 2 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts birds
Deer resistant

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