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Ornamental Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’

The Blues’ is an outstanding selection of the U.S. prairie native ‘Little Bluestem’! Every garden should have this deep silver-blue selection that is tolerant of summer heat and humidity and then the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery bronze in the fall. This is one of the primary grasses found in the east and the Songbirds love to feed on it. It helps keep many feathered friends going in winter. This plant is also attractive to bees and butterflies. It features beautiful spikes of light green flowers rising above the foliage in late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The Indian red seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall right through to late winter. The brick red stems are very effective and add winter interest. This clump forming selection grows to 24-48″ tall when planted in full sun and average garden soil. An excellent choice that should be used in mass to be fully enjoyed! Schizachyrium is also a great choice if you are looking to restore an eroded site, or for a plant that will grow in hot, dry areas where other plants have a hard time surviving.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 2-4'
Spacing 24-36" wide
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Deep Silver-Blue in summer. Fall color is a coppery bronze to burgundy red.
Flower Light Green Spikes become Fluffy Seed Heads.
Bloomtime August-Oct.

General Information +

Botanical: Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Common: Little Bluestem

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Easy native grass. Slow to emerge in the spring. Has nice bluish green summer color, and turns reddish beige in the fall and winter. Stays upright all winter. Adds motion to the garden. Enjoy watching the birds feed on this grass. Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant. Fine-textured blue-green foliage. Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds. Outstanding fall color and great winter interest. Drought tolerant; additional water of fertilizer is unnecessary.

Tip: Easy to grow in full sun. Grow in dry to average soil. Tolerates heat and humidity easily, and drought. Watering or fertilization is actually detrimental; best left to it's own devices! Water regularly, but do not over water. Keep this on the dry side and hold the fertilizer (if you get it too 'fat' it will flop); neglect is ok! Leave foliage in place for winter interest and to provide homes for over-wintering critters. Cut back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins.

Use: General Garden Use, Mass Planting, Groundcover.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Deer Resistant. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.