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A tall, adaptable prairie grass that hosts a wide variety of insects, including many skippers. Favored by a wide variety of grazers, but rarely consumed by browsers such as deer.


Light: Full Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry

Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam

Height: 4'-8'

Leaf Texture: Coarse

Bloom Time: Jul-Aug

Root Type: Fibrous

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Hosts skippers such as the dusted skipper, Delaware, Leonard’s, cobweb, Ottoe, Indian, and Byssus skippers. A number of other insects feed on the foliage, including grasshoppers, leafhoppers, and katydids. Seeds are eaten sparingly by birds, but foliage is readily consumed by mammalian herbivores.

Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
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