Commercial Landscaping Firm Shares the Benefits of Planting Turkey Foot

Did your property’s ornamental grasses make it through the North Carolina winter? Perhaps there are just a few bare or brown spots you’d like to see filled before spring jumps into view. If so, why not ask our commercial landscaping team about native, ornamental grasses that may work for your particular property?

There are many late spring and summer perennials that grow well in North Carolina, including the Big Bluestem. Have you ever heard of it? It also goes by the name of turkey foot as well as the scientific moniker, Andropogon gerardii Vitman. Oftentimes, it is planted now so it will create unique seed heads come fall.

The seed heads tend to take on a lovely, brown hue around the time of the first cold snap. Most members of the species have the prominent feature and may reach heights of 8-feet. So it makes a fantastic addition to doorways and layered beds. Also, if trimmed regularly, the unusual, ornamental grass clusters could work as part of a commercially landscaped meridian or parking area feature.

As far as ornamental grasses go, turkey foot plants have fibrous, compact but long-reaching root systems that tend to do best in thick beds of acidic, moist sand. However, they are tolerant of heavy clay beds and loam filled areas too, especially if there’s shade. The ornamental grass is typically not one to fair well in intense sun nor does it enjoy full shade.

Thus, we traditionally recommend planting turkey foot in areas where it will only get sun during part of the day. Special irrigation systems may also be used to keep the soil sufficiently wet should periods of drought threaten to hamper the ornamental grasses’ blooms. To learn more about turkey foot and other grasses ideal for commercial landscaping purposes, please contact us.