Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Height: 4-6 feet; 12.-1.8 metres Spread: 2-3 feet; 0.6-0.9 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Dry to medium Fruit: Seeds armed with hairs and awns to help bury itself Wildlife: Seeds eaten by migrating sparrows Bloom Colour: Purple Tolerates: Dry soil, drought, air pollution, black walnuts, deer Culture: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of a wide range of soils and growing conditions. Puts out lots of growth in moist, fertile soils, but is less apt to topple in dryish, infertile soils. Freely self-seeds in optimum growing conditions. Because Big Bluestem is a warm season grass, it will wait until the soil is warm to begin growing in the spring. Cut stems to the grownd in late winter before new shoots appear.
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