Andropogon gerardii Ladybug Red

Ladybug Red Big Bluestem Grass

Ladybug Red Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii Ladybug Red) is notable for its bright red fall foliage. A western, more compact form of our native Big Bluestem.
Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Native
Great for Mass Plantings
Adds Movement
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Plant Size 48" tall 18-22" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to early fall
Size No
SKU HC017300

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Ladybug Red Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii ‘Ladybug Red’) is a western form of our native tall grass prairie species, Big Bluestem grass.  It has outstanding red fall foliage and is a more compact grower than plants selected from Mid-Western locations. It is also better adapted to the alkaline, mineral soils found west of the Mississippi River.  Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman explained the origin of its name, “When I dug the original plant along the highway near La Veta, CO I soon discovered that there was a nest of ladybugs living in the crown of the plant; and out they came in large numbers.”  A nice companion grass for other prairie species like Ratibida, Echinacea, Salvia azurea and Liatris. 
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SKU
HC017300
Common Name
Ladybug Red Big Bluestem Grass
Botanical Name
Andropogon gerardii 'Lady Bug Red'
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Height
48 inches
Mature Height
48" tall
Mature Spread
18-22" wide
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer, Early - Mid Fall
Bloom Time
Late summer to early fall
Ships As
Planting Kit
Soil Type
Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Native, Great for Mass Plantings, Adds Movement, Adds Texture
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Yes - Learn More
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
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ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of April 29th, 2019
Zone 6Shipping begins the week of April 15th, 2019
Zone 7Shipping begins the week of March 25th, 2019
Zone 8Shipping begins the week of March 4th, 2019
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of February 25th, 2019
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