Little Bluestem Grass
Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

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

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

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

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

East Port Orchard, Washington

Rosalia, Washington

West Bend, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.