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PlantFiles: Little Bluestem Grass
Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Schizachyrium (ski-za-KRY-ee-um) (Info)
Species: scoparium (sko-PAIR-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: The Blues

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Rickwebb On Jan 27, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a little bluer than the straight species and seems to come true from seed. Check out comments on the regular mother species.

Positive kizilod On Aug 15, 2011, kizilod from Uxbridge, MA wrote:

This grass looks great during the dry part of my summer, but when I get a lot of rain, it flops over and needs to be staked for the rest of the season. It is probably more appropriate for areas with a drier climate than I have.

Positive jsandco On Oct 21, 2004, jsandco from West Bend, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

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. I enjoy watching the birds feed on this grass.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Nevada City, California
Plainfield, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Urbandale, Iowa
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Dittmer, Missouri
Mountain View, North Carolina
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Laflin, Pennsylvania
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington
Rosalia, Washington
West Bend, Wisconsin



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