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Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'
Common Name: Big bluestem
All season beauty, vivid red fall color
Attracts birds and butterflies
Drought tolerant once established
Superb for mass planting and erosion control
Deer resistant, tolerant of black walnut
Seed heads dry well for cut flower arrangements
'Red October' is a show stopper with year round beauty. The foliage emerges in spring with reddish highlights. In summer the foliage is a lush, deep green. Burgundy red flowers bloom in August while the foliage takes on a purple red hue. The first frost brings on the vivid, scarlet red, fall color. Attractive to butterflies, birds and other beneficial insects. Provides cover for at least 24 species of songbirds. Tough and easy to grow.
Height: 4-6 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9