Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'

Blaze Little Bluestem

$11.48 | 1G | 90 Avail. | $11.48

1G Weight: 25.0 lb



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Blaze Little Bluestem is a native grass with upright slender leaves noted for its continuously changing colors and vivid red fall foliage that holds through winter.   The foliage emerges light blue, matures to grey-green, then acquires purplish tint before exploding into intense shades of pink-orange, red-purple then the vivid red of fall.  Tiny red-brown flowers rise high above the foliage on stems in late summer and are followed by fluffy white seed heads that persist through winter.  Grows best in full sun and well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.

Schizachyrium scoparium is a native host plant for 6 different skippers:  the Ottoe, Indian, Crossline, Dusted, Cobweb, and Dixie skipper.  The seeds are eaten by small birds.

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Height: 

2’ - 3'

Spread: 

1.5' - 2'

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Brown

Season of Interest: 

Summer, FallYear-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant.  Cut to ground late winter or early spring.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWoodland GardenRock GardensNative GardensGroundcover, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Blazing Star, False Indigo, Lamb’s Ear

Image: Photo by SFWS Mountain-Prairie, Prairie Grass

 

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