Herb: Big Bluestem
Latin name: Andropogon gerardii
Synonyms: Andropogon furcatus
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Medicinal use of Big Bluestem:The plant is analgesic, carminative and diuretic. A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of stomach-aches and flatulence. A tea made from the leaves is used as a wash to relieve fevers and general debility.
Description of the plant:
(6 1/2 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Dry soils, prairies, open ground and open woods.
Propagation of Big Bluestem:Seed - surface sow in early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for the first winter in a cold greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry soils, prairies, open ground and open woods.
Known hazards of Andropogon gerardii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.