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Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

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Andropogon scoparius 'The Blues' - Little Bluestem

Andropogon scoparius 'The Blues' - Little Bluestem

More About Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

  • AKA Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
  • Dense clump of narrow, intense blue blades
  • Leaves turn to purple shades in the fall and remain showy throughout the winter
  • Silvery seed heads
  • Bloom Time: Late summer into fall
  • Flower Height: 90 cm
  • Foliage Height: 80 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

3

Height:

80-90 cm

Spread:

60-70 cm

Colour:

Silver
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Little Bluestem Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average well-drained soil, in full sun, tolerating drought once established. Thrives in summer heat and humidity. Plants should be cut back in the spring to make way for new growth. Too much moisture or too fertile a soil will cause flowers to flop, creating a messy look. Spectacular in mass plantings, waving in the breeze.


Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium
Slow

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Vase-shape
Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Blue

Landscape uses

Rooftop (extensive)
Naturalizing
Foundation planting
Woodland/woods edge

 Suitable Substitutions for Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Andropogon scoparius

Andropogon scoparius

Little Bluestem