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Red October Big Bluestem GrassAndropogon gerardii ‘Red October’

  • Red October Big Bluestem Grass
  • Red October Big Bluestem Grass
  • Red October Big Bluestem Grass
  • Red October Big Bluestem Grass

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Red October Big Bluestem GrassAndropogon gerardii ‘Red October’

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Standout Red Grass with Cool-Season Color

Why Red October Big Bluestem Grass?

By the end of fall, many gardeners are feeling the lack of color in the landscape. Luckily, there’s Red October Big Bluestem Grass to the rescue! This Bluestem variety maintains its lively red color through fall into early winter, adding variety to your home’s outdoor scenery during the colder months. 

Gardeners love the Red October Big Bluestem Grass for its enticing color changes. In spring, the Bluestem develops its silvery-green grass, which changes into a bright red color in fall. In winter, it adopts a burnished crimson hue that is dramatic against the monochromatic landscape. Adding even more uniqueness, the Bluestem sprouts with characteristic “turkey foot” yellow or bronze-red flowers that attract birds and butterflies!

Wherever you plant it, this ornamental grass will be a low-maintenance, high-impact option. Plant one or more to develop a three- or four-season garden. Or, add a row of Bluestem for erosion control or privacy, as these grasses reach six feet tall at maturity. What’s more, the Bluestem thrives in pots, so you could add decorative plantings along walkways or patios. 

Not only is this grass a perennial that will return year after year, it's also deer-resistant and drought-tolerant, for almost no growing effort. All you have to do to help your Bluestem thrive is ensure it’s watered during the drier months.

Why is Better

It doesn’t take much to make the Red October Big Bluestem Grass happy, but even the most easygoing plants need a healthy start! That’s what every plant receives in the nursery. Our team of plant experts give every tree, bush, and grass the attention they need. This way, your Bluestem will be even heartier and more  adaptable when it arrives at your home. 

To add three-season color to your landscape, order your Red October Big Bluestem Grass today!

Note: If you purchase this grass in fall-winter, it may be cut back for the plant’s health. If your grass is cut back, don’t worry - it will grow even happier and healthier next spring!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Plant your Bluestem in an area with full sun (about six hours of sunlight daily) and well-drained soil. Dig a hole that’s large enough to accommodate your plant’s root ball, place your plant, backfill the soil, and water to settle the roots.

If you choose to plant in a pot, select a container that’s about twice as large as your plant’s shipped container (and ensure it has drainage holes). Use organic soil mix, place your plant, and fill the pot with soil, leaving about two inches free at the top. Finally, water your newly-potted plant to settle the soil.

2. Watering: When the top of the soil feels dry down to about two or three inches, water your Bluestem. If your area doesn’t receive consistent rainfall, be sure to water your plant. Otherwise, Bluestem Grass requires very little additional maintenance.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $129 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 4-6 ft.
Mature Width: 2-3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Fast
Botanical Name: Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October’
Does Not Ship To: AZ
Grows Well In Zones: 4-10 outdoors
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4-10 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 4-10 outdoors

(hardy down to -20℉)

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