Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues

Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass

 
  • Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues, Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues, Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass
  • Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues, Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues, Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass

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This western selection of Little Bluestem has gray-blue foliage and a strong, upright habit. This native prairie grass provides seeds for birds and are beneficial for many butterfly species. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Native
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late summer
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SKU HBLH6XX

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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues' is a seed grown selection of Little Bluestem that has very attractive blue foliage. This native prairie grass is essential for the habitat garden providing seeds for birds and the leaves are food plants for various butterfly species. Cut back old stems to 2-3” above ground-level in mid-spring. Divide every third year.
Associated SKUs
HBLH6XX
HBLH631 (Plant - 3.25" deep pot)
HBLH651 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLH609 (Flat of 9 Plants)
Common Name Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass
Botanical Name Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Mature Spread 12-15" wide
Bloom Time Late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Native, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

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4.8

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5.0

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from Parker, CO

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues:

    This grass is a little slow to get going, but it is really hardy and adapts to its growing conditions. I have one planted where it is wet all the time. It gets constant run off from my neighbor's lawn. I have another planted where it is fairly dry all the time. Both are doing great. They are both planted in heavy clay, amended with composted horse manure. They are two years old, and only about 2' tall and may 6" around, but they are slowly filling out. I love the bluish-greenish-greyish color that they add to the garden. The one pictured below is in the dry area, with agastache.

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    5.0

    Fantastic grass for the Midwest

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    from Shelby Township, MI

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues:

      This grass is my absolute favorite of all the ornamental grasses I plant. I love the blue color in Summer as well as the purple Autumn tones and glistening seedheads through the Winter.

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      5.0

      Very Nice Grass

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      from Florence, CO

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues:

        This was a very nice grass with a blue-green color. It has survived it's 1st year and I am hoping it will reach a mature size this summer.

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        4.0

        very nice oramental for small spaces

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        from denver CO

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues:

          fast growing & appears just as advertised

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