Andropogon gerardii Rain Dance

Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass

Andropogon gerardii Rain Dance, Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass View Larger Image



Andropogon gerardii 'Rain Dance' (Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass) is a showy prairie native grown for its outstanding maroon-red late summer and fall foliage. A wonderful companion for many late season blooming perennials.

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Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot


60-72" tall x 20-24" wide. Andropogon gerardii 'Rain Dance' (Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass) is grown for its outstanding maroon-red late summer and fall foliage. A prairie native, this perennial ornamental grass, 'Rain Dance' thrives in average to rich soils with regular moisture to look its best. Andropogon gerardii is an outstanding companion plant for other tall, late season blooming wildflowers and other native grasses. Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass is an outstanding grass for the habitat garden providing large seeds that are eaten by seed eating songbirds in fall and winter.
Common Name Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass
Botanical Name Andropogon gerardii Rain Dance
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 60-72" tall
Mature Spread 20-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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