big bluestem

(Andropogon gerardii)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

big bluestem


N5? - Secure

SNR - Unranked


not listed


Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland


FAC - Facultative

Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland






Dry to moderate moisture. Prairies. Full sun.


August to October


5 to 8





Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28.




Poaceae (grass)


No Rank:

PACMAD clade








Andropogon chrysocomus

Andropogon furcatus

Andropogon furcatus var. villosa

Andropogon gerardi

Andropogon gerardii var. chrysocomus

Andropogon hallii var. grandiflorus

Andropogon provincialis

Andropogon provincialis subvar. furcatus

Andropogon provincialis subvar. lindheimeri

Andropogon provincialis subvar. pycnanthus

Andropogon provincialis var. tennesseensis

Andropogon tennesseensis

Leptopogon furcatus


big bluestem


bluejoint beardgrass









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Robert Briggs

Big Bluestem seed head, Whitetail Woods park.

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  Big Bluestem mp4
Karl Foord

Published on Oct 12, 2013

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  Minnesota Native Plant - Big Bluestem (Andropogon Gerardii)

Published on Sep 5, 2013

This video shows one of the taller Minnesota native grasses, the Big Bluestem (Andropogon Gerardii).

  Identifying Big Bluestem
Karl Foord

Published on Oct 12, 2013

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  Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Uploaded on Aug 24, 2011 Big Bluestem is sometimes called Turkey's foot. It is a staple of the Tallgrass Prairie.




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Robert Briggs

Location: Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Big Bluestem seed head

big bluestem


Afton State Park

Agassiz Dunes SNA

Antelope Valley SNA

Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA

Baker Park Reserve

Belgium Prairie

Big Stone Lake State Park

Blaine Preserve SNA

Blanket Flower Prairie SNA

Blazing Star Prairie Addition
South Unit

Blue Mounds State Park

Bonanza Prairie SNA

Buffalo River State Park

Butterwort Cliffs SNA

Cambria WMA

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA

Chippewa Prairie

Clinton Prairie SNA

Compass Prairie SNA

Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

Crosby Farm Regional Park

Crow Wing State Park

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

Des Moines River SNA

Dodge Nature Center

Dry Sand WMA

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Falls Creek SNA

Felton Prairie SNA
Bicentennial Unit
Shrike Unit

Felton WMA

Foxhome Prairie

French Regional Park

Frenchman’s Bluff SNA

Frontenac State Park

Glacial Lakes State Park

Glendalough State Park

Glynn Prairie SNA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Hastings Sand Coulee SNA

Hayes Lake State Park

Helen Allison Savanna SNA

Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

Holthe Prairie SNA

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Hythecker Prairie SNA

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

Jensen Memorial WMA

Kasota Prairie

Kasota Prairie SNA

Keller Regional Park

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA
Kellogg Weaver Unit
Weaver Dunes Unit

Kettledrummer Prairie

Kilen Woods State Park

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Lake Alexander Woods SNA
South Unit

Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bronson State Park

Lake Byllesby Regional Park

Lake Carlos State Park

Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Langhei Prairie SNA

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Leif Mountain

Lost Valley Prairie SNA

Malmberg Prairie SNA

Maplewood State Park

Margherita Preserve-Audubon Prairie

McKnight Prairie

Miller Prairie
West Unit

Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Valley NWR
Louisville Swamp Unit
Rapids Lake Unit

Mississippi River County Park

Mound Prairie SNA

Mound Spring Prairie SNA
North Unit
South Unit

Myre-Big Island State Park

Neal WMA

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR
Hoffman Unit
Pavia Unit
Rengstorf Unit
Spieker Unit
Touch the Sky Prairie Unit

Old Mill State Park

Ordway Prairie

Oronoco Prairie SNA

Osmundson Prairie SNA

Ottawa Bluffs

Otter Tail Prairie SNA

Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

Pankratz Memorial Prairie
North Unit

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA
Crookston Prairie Unit
Pembina Trail Unit

Pilot Knob

Pin Oak Prairie SNA

Plover Prairie
East Unit

Prairie Coteau SNA

Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA

Quarry Park SNA

Regal Meadow

Rice Lake Savanna SNA

Rice Lake State Park

Richard M. & Mathilde Rice Elliott SNA

Ripley Esker SNA

River Bend Nature Center

River Terrace Prairie SNA

River Warren Outcrops SNA

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

Roscoe Prairie SNA

Sand Prairie Wildlife Management and Environmental Education Area

Sandpiper Prairie SNA

Santee Prairie SNA

Savage Fen SNA

Schaefer Prairie

Sedan Brook SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Seven Springs WMA

Sheepberry Fen

Shooting Star Prairie SNA

Sibley State Park

Split Rock Creek State Park

Spring Lake Regional Park

Spring Prairie Preserve

Staffanson Prairie

Strandness Prairie

Sunfish Lake Park

Swedes Forest SNA

Tamarack Nature Center

Thorson Prairie WMA

Town Hall Prairie

Twin Valley Prairie Addition

Twin Valley Prairie SNA

Twin Valley WMA

Two Rivers Aspen Prairie Parkland SNA

Tympanuchus Prairie

Valley View Park, Oak Park Heights

Verlyn Marth Memorial Prairie SNA

Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and WMA

Wahpeton Prairie WMA

Western Prairie SNA

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Whitewater State Park

Wild Indigo Prairie SNA

Wild River State Park

Wood-Rill SNA

Woodland Trails Park

Yellow Bank Hills SNA

Zimmerman Prairie




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