Botanical: Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
Common: Little Bluestem
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.