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Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’
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Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’

Little Bluestem

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 8.020.250

(=Andropogon scoparium) A recent selection of a native grass, which used to be widely distributed all over the Great Plains. This forms an upright clump of blue-grey foliage, bearing narrow, medium-tall spikes in late summer. Superb bronzy orange colour develops in the autumn. Terrific in the border or meadow. Tolerates heat and humidity. Foliage has good winter interest, but should be cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring. Clumps may be easily divided in spring.

Further details for
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
Foliage Color
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Wild Flower
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.