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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


Good Companions

Plant Height


Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


drought resistant

Bloom Time

August to October

Critter Resistance


full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests