Andropogon Big Bluestem grows in the roadsides, woodlands, sandy areas, riverbanks, and meadows
Big Bluestem is commonly known as Andropogon gerardii. It is a type of grass common in the native grasslands of the Prairies and east of Mississippi states. It is a species that can tolerate several varieties of soil conditions. Being a perennial bench grass, the base of the stem turns purple or blue as it matures.
Additionally, the heads of the seeds have spike-like projections. The roots of the Big Bluestem are thick hence sending out strenuous and vigorous rhizomes forming a heavy sod. Big Bluestem majorly grows in the roadsides, woodlands, sandy areas, riverbanks, and meadows.
Big Blue Stem is important in many sectors. It is useful in conservation. Being a dominant native grass species, Big Bluestem is mixable with other prairie native grasses for the re-vegetation of highways and restoration. Since it does best in moist soils, it can be helpful for logging road restoration and reclamation.
Andropogon Big Bluestem stabilizes the soil hence controlling the soil erosion
The planting of Big Bluestem stabilizes the soil hence controlling the soil erosion. Furthermore, it is planted to protect against wind erosion above the ground. Big Bluestem is also high-quality forage species for all classes of livestock. Since it has high protein content, several people cultivate it as a pasture grass for use in the making of hay.
Furthermore, Big Bluestem can survive substantial grazing; hence it is highly edible for the livestock during the summer and spring. The Big Bluestem is also suitable for landscaping. It is helpful in prairie plantings and wildflower meadows. Moreover, it is an efficient border in the native plant gardens; hence people refer to it as ornamental grass.
Big Bluestem is also highly useful to wildlife; It provides shelter for nesting birds and insects. Its seeds are also for consumption by the songbirds and the prairie chickens. The vegetative parts of the Big Bluestem are consumable by the bison and the deer with the whitetail.