Big Daddy Old Fashioned Bluestem 133053

Variation in variety. Of 10 plants, one plant has very erect leaves that are highly dissected. One plant is not glossy and has blue-green leaves. One plant is not glossy and has green leaves. Of the seven remaining glossy plants, three are more prostrate. Leaves are elliptic with a lobed to highly dissected outline and wavy margin. Leaves have low to high blistering and a narrow to intermediate midvein. Leaf angle ranges from open to erect. Non-heading variety. Plants measure 15-24 inches tall and 20-47 inches wide. Plants were damaged when low temperatures reach 20 F. Some liked the strong, earthy flavor, while others thought it was not great.

History: Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange in 2016 from the USDA collection (PI 662839). This variety was collected on behalf of the USDA by Dr. Edward Davis (professor of geography at Emory & Henry College) in 2006 from Hansel Sellars of Cairo, Georgia. Sellars estimates that he has grown and saved seed of this variety for the last 75 years.

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