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Red October Big Bluestem Grass

Andropogon gerardii Red October PP#26,283
SKU: HC017798
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'Red October' Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii) is a striking ornamental native prairie grass. This stunning, large bluestem cultivar adds architectural interest and a injects a dose of rich scarlet color that contrasts beautifully with the tawny browns and greys of autumn. Red October emerges with strong red foliage highlights in spring, and after frost, it finishes the season in deep, glorious scarlet. With year-long visual interest, Red October is great for meadow and back of border installations, and is widely adapted to many soil types. Clump forming grass will grow in neat mounds. (Andropogon gerardii)
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Botanical Name
Andropogon gerardii Red October PP#26,283
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
60-72" tall (5-6' tall)
Bloom Time
Late summer


60” tall x 24” wide. Set your meadows aglow with 'Red October' Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii). A large bluestem variety originally bred for its upright habit, this exciting 6-foot cultivar is a clump forming tall grass that emerges in spring with red highlights on narrow green leaves. Densely packed terminal inflorescences are borne in late summer/early autumn. In fall, even the seed heads show strong coloration. Plant ‘Red October’ in dry to average soils in full sun, watering regularly during the first season to establish the plant. Though this big bluestem can tolerate partial shade, it may be prone to flopping in such conditions and will not bloom as prolifically. Particularly suited to meadow installations where the foliage can be fully appreciated, ‘Red October’ is long-lived and will do well for several years without the need for division.
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