Grass Family (Poaceae : Andropogoneae)
Latin Name: Andropogon gerardii
Value: Wildlife – poor
Livestock – good
Big bluestem is considered a major grass of the “True Tall-grass Prairies”, it is a robust grass, growing 3-6.5 ft. tall. The seedhead of big bluestem is often referred to as resembling a turkey foot because of its shape and dark color. Growth cycle is 3-4 months, numerous leaves are produced in late spring, tillers, and some rhizomes.