Andropogon gerardii Rain Dance

Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass

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.
Zones3 - 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Mature Height60-72" tall
Mature Spread20-24" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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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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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.

Flat of 9 plants will cover 15-18 square feet when planted together

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Associated SKUsHC016089
Common Name
Rain Dance Big Bluestem Grass
Botanical Name
Andropogon gerardii Rain Dance
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
60-72" tall
Mature Spread
20-24" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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