Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium ÔThe BluesÕ

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery

Schizachyrium scoparium ÔThe BluesÕ

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery


Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Little Bluestem

Grown for its striking powder blue foliage and narrow, upright habit, this sturdy selection forms a dense clump topped with tiny seed tufts. Cooler fall weather draws out striking red, orange and burgundy tones. Thrives in poor, sandy soils with almost no maintenance required. Breeder: Kurt Bluemel

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 9
  • Height: 24-36"
  • Spread: 18-24"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Late Summer
  • Foliage Color: Blue Shades, Red Shades
  • Flower Color: Brown Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: No
  • Native: Nativar
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Bee-friendly: No
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 9
  • Height: 24-36"
  • Spread: 18-24"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Late Summer
  • Foliage Color: Blue Shades, Red Shades
  • Flower Color: Brown Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: No
  • Native: Nativar
  • Bee-friendly: No
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Attracts butterflies: No
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants vary widely by type. Cool season grasses are generally best planted in the fall prior or in late winter/early spring in the greenhouse. Warm season grasses can be planted in spring and summer for same-season sales. Sedges grow best when planted in spring and summer rather than the fall prior.

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants grow well in a wide range of growing media types, provided there is adequate moisture-holding capacity and good drainage. While getting established in their finished containers, most prefer to be kept moist, but not saturated.

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 32s
  • Optimal Planting Time: Spring
  • Retail Sales Window: Fall, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Low
  • Requires Shade in Production: No
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: No
  • Vernalization Beneficial: Yes