Big bluestem is an excellent choice for soil conservation applications. It is generally planted as a component with various other warm season grasses such as indiangrass, switchgrass, and little bluestem.
Big bluestem is highly palatable to many species of livestock. Its preference over other species of grasses can lead to selective grazing and the decrease in population relative to these other species.
Many mammals and upland birds use it for nesting and escape cover in late summer and winter. Big bluestem resists lodging and provides excellent spring nesting habitat for birds.
Big bluestem is commonly planted in urban and rural landscapes as a low-maintenance species for accent plants and well as in large groups. The early dark green color, uniquely attractive seed head, and late season reddish color provide for a year around attractive display.