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Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

Red October Big Bluestem: Patent PP26,283

  • »  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

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'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. 

Fall Color
Great Foliage
Ornamental Grass
Maintenance and Care
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry Soil
Average Water
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'

Andropogon gerardii is very tolerant of diverse conditions, but is most often found in full sun, dry and sandy to clay soils. It grows quickly in moist, fertile soils, but is more likely to bend and fall over. Clumps can be divided in early summer, but bring a sturdy shovel!