The Blues Little Bluestem Grass

The Blues Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium) is an outstanding form of native Little Bluestem with cool blue-green leaves in summer. Foliage turns to a beautiful dusky purple in fall, then to a deep gold in winter. 'The Blues' is an excellent ornamental grass for xeric gardens that mixes beautifully with colorful native perennials.
Zones3 - 9
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Deer Resistant
Native
Low Maintenance
Great For Mass Plantings
Winter Interest
Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature Height24-48" tall
Mature Spread18-24" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017526

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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(24-48” tall x 18-24” wide) 'The Blues' is an outstanding blue-leaved form of little bluestem grass.  The burgundy-red fall foliage is just as ornamental and provides late season garden color. Little bluestem is a native grass that thrives in drier, poor soil conditions; too much water or a rich soil can result in floppy growth. Planting ornamental grass provides year-round structure, texture, and beauty to the garden, while offering habitat for beneficial insects. Suggested companion plants include large growing Beardtongues (Penstemon), Coneflower (Echinacea), and Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia). 

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SKUHC017526
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
The Blues Little Bluestem
Botanical Name
Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Late summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average, Well Draining
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Great For Mass Plantings, Winter Interest, Good For Erosion Control
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
No
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Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 18th, 2020
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