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Bowie Hydro-mulcher® Erosion Products Fertilizer and Seed
524 South Hwy 156 Justin, TX 76247 • 940-648-2751

Excellent forage grass for grazing or hay, but can easily be killed by over grazing.  It can provide good cover for wildlife.  Adapted to a wide range of soils, will survive moderately wet bottomlands, but also does well with as little as 18 inches of annual rainfall. One of the Big 4 Prairie Grasses.

Scaly rhizomes are 1 to 2 inches below the soil surface, with the main roots extending to 10 feet. It can grow 6-8 feet tall, generally shorter in the northern range and taller in the southern. Leaf blades range from 0.5-2 feet long. Seed heads consist of 2-6 (usually 3) blooming racemes resembling a turkey foot. Flowering can range from July-October.

The fluffy seeds are oblong, less than 0.25 inches long. Does well in full sun or partial shade ab dub low fertility. Big bluestem grows best in moist, well-drained sandy and clay loam soils. It is a major component of the tall grass vegetation that dominated the prairies of the central and eastern United States. It is a common grass in the understory of longleaf pine communities of the southeastern U.S.

Alternate Names

Bluejoint, Bluejoint beardgrass, poptillo gigante, turkeyfoot.


Erosion control: Critical area seeding, roadside cover, and areas subject to wind erosion.

Livestock: High quality forage. Crude protein content up to 16-18% during the growing season, dropping below 6% in late summer. Generally grown for pasture and hay production, singly or in mixes.

Ethnobotanics: The roots are used as a diuretic and to alleviate stomach pains. Leaf blade extracts are used as a wash for fevers or as an analgesic.

Landscaping: Used in wildflower meadows and as a border or accent in native gardens.

Pollinators: Constitutes part of the native plant community in support of pollinators.

Restoration: Used in restoration of native prairie areas and longleaf pine understory.

Wildlife: Browsed by white-tailed deer and American bison. In native mixes it provides nest, brood and escape cover for bobwhite quail. Songbirds, prairie chicken, and small mammals consume big bluestem seed.

Grow Height

Cold Tolerance


Planting Rate




5-8 Pls.


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Bluestem, Big

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