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Schizachyrium scoparium "The Blues'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly called little bluestem, is one of the dominant grasses which grow in the rich and fertile soils of the tallgrass prairie. It is a Missouri native, warm season, ornamental grass which typically grows 2-4' tall (less frequently to 5') and occurs in prairies, open woods, clearings, glades, roadsides and waste areas throughout most of the State. Forms upright clumps of slender green leaves (1/4" wide) with a tinge of blue at the base. Purplish-bronze flowers appear in 3" long racemes on branched stems rising above the foliage in August. Resulting clusters of fluffy, silvery-white seed heads are attractive and may persist into winter. Most outstanding feature of this grass may be the bronze-orange fall foliage color.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color

purplish broze

Foliage Color

blue green

Plant Spread

1.5-2'

Good Companions

Plant Height

2-4'

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

3-9

Soil Moisture

average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

drought resistant

Bloom Time

August to October

Critter Resistance

Exposure

full sun

Growth Rate

medium

Seasonal Interests

summer/fall/winter