Red October Big Bluestem
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This Big Bluestem cultivar was originally chosen for its narrow leaves and upright habit, but it’s the foliage color everyone is talking about. Leaves start deep green with red highlights in spring. As fall approaches, the red increases and deepens to burgundy. Then, after the first frost, foliage turns candy-apple-red hues mixed with scarlet. Even the turkey-foot shaped seed heads of Red October Big Bluestem are shades of red. The effect is stunning, especially when planted in mixed-perennial, fall-blooming borders, where a 6’ height is an asset. This native ornamental grass is tough like the species, but with a red-themed twist. Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October’ PP26283 was introduced by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc. whose goal is to breed and select reliable plants capable of withstanding tough conditions and “stand the test of time.”
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