Big Bluestem

Variety Bonilla, Kaw, Pawnee, Roundtree
Planting Rate 5 to 8 PLS LBS per Acre
Plant Height 3 to 6 FT
Seed Count 130,000 Seeds per LB
Botanical Name Andropogon gerardii
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Mesic to Dry Soils _ Lowlands to Uplands
Grazing Value Very Good


Big Bluestem


Big Bluestem is a warm season, bunch sod-former. It is a tall grass that is long-lived that is mostly found east of the Rocky Mountains.


Star Seed offers several improved varieties including Bonilla,  Kaw, Pawnee and Roundtree. Each Big Bluestem variety offers adaptability for certain regions of the United States as well as varying qualities for palatability, temperature, moisture and drought tolerances.



  • Very forage and habitat quality
  • Northern variety that originated from seed collections near Bonilla, South Dakota
  • Compatible with cool season grasses in rangelands.


  • Was developed in Kansas and is a late season variety for use in Central Nebraska to Southern Oklahoma.
  • Very good disease resistance, leafiness and growth vigor.


  • Originates from Pawnee County, NE
  • Good forage producer
  • Late season Big Bluestem seed producer


  • Very good variety for use in pasture and hay
  • Mid to late summer rapid growth
  • Very good heat tolerance


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