Big Bluestem

Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi) was the most important species for wild hay production in tallgrass prairie regions due to its productivity and quality. However, it is very difficult to find wild big bluestem since natural tallgrass prairies have been converted to annual crop production.  Along with Indiangrass, big bluestem has been frequently used for soil and water conservation work.

Big Bluestem Fun Facts

The species is the Illinois state grass

A common name is “Turkey Foot” due to the seedhead resembling a turkey’s foot

The grass is often used in dry flower arrangements

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