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Blackhawks Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks' PP #27,949

SKU
43977
A dramatic vertical accent that changes color throughout the growing season. Foliage emerges green, then develops red-bronze hues towards the tips in summer. The color continues to darken to deep purple until almost black in fall. Purple plumes appear in late summer.
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3-9

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Full sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 2 ft. wide, plumes 4 to 8 ft tall.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseErosion Control, Accent, Wildlife Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Multi-Season Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea), Sedum (Sedum), Tickseed (Coreopsis), Yarrow (Achillea)

Easily grown in average, well-drained soils, but tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Puts out more growth, and grows taller, in moist, fertile soils. Slow to establish, but then tolerates drought. Cut stems to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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