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The Blues Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

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The Blues Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues') at Minor's Garden Center

The Blues Little Bluestem

The Blues Little Bluestem

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The Blues Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues') at Minor's Garden Center

The Blues Little Bluestem in fall

The Blues Little Bluestem in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  16 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Bluestem

Ornamental Features

The Blues Little Bluestem is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The indian red seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall to late winter. Its attractive grassy leaves are powder blue in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. It has masses of beautiful spikes of light green flowers rising above the foliage in late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The brick red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

The Blues Little Bluestem is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. It has no significant negative characteristics.

The Blues Little Bluestem is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

The Blues Little Bluestem will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $7.99, #1 Cont. $13.99

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features
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