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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'

Little Bluestem

Cool gray-blue foliage and strong upright stems make 'Prairie Blues' an excellent choice for massing in native gardens. The stems and foliage are perfect for bird nesting and cover while the seeds are enjoyed by many local song birds in the fall and winter. Striking rosy orange fall color.

Benefits

Uniquely colorful fall foliage, nice in dried arrangements
Provides nest sites, cover and food for birds
Attracts butterflies, host plant for many skippers
Easy to grow, deer resistant
Drought resistant once established in landscape

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Adaptable wide range of soil conditions. Cut back in late winter to early spring before the new foliage begins to grow.


Height
36-40 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Prairies, fields, open woodlands and roadsides from New Brunswick to Alberta south to Arizona and Florida.

Native Trivia

Pollinators such as butterflies brush against reproductive parts of plants moving pollen from  one flower to another. This crucial act results in fertilization and seed set assuring food for birds and insects and future generations of plants.


"This grass is one of my favorite winter food sources as well as a safe place for nesting and cover!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
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District of Columbia
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