Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) - Quart Super Plugs

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Native to prairies and meadows of Eastern North America, Little bluestem is a distinctive, medium-height native grass.  A good plant for drier upland soils, Little Bluestem is very drought tolerant and hardy.  The new leaves emerge a bluish-green, growing quickly to full height and blooming in mid-Summer.  The plants mature in Autumn to a vibrant, russet tone that lasts through most of the winter.  The plants are very wildlife-friendly, offering seed and nest sites for meadow and prairie birds.

Little bluestem is easy to grow in medium to dry soils.  The plants are an excellent, medium-height grass for smaller gardens and look excellent with Purple Coneflower, Bee Balm, Yellow Coneflower, Liatris and Wild Quinine.

Our plants come as 2.25" Rootmaker plugs, which establish very quickly - Full-sized plants can be achieved by the second season with good weed control and moisture management after planting.

Common Name: Little Bluestem
Botanical Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Height: 24-48 Inches
Spread: 18-24 Inches
Spacing: 18 Inches
Flower Color: Blue-Green (Grass)
Bloom Time: Late Summer - Early Fall
Texture: Fine
Habit: Upright to Arching Clump
Light Exposure: Full Sun; Prairies, Glades and Forest Openings
Soil Moisture: Average to Dry
Soil Texture: Clay Loam to Sandy Loam
Soil PH: Neutral to Acidic
Landscape Uses: Accent Plant, Mass Planting, Restoration Plantings
Benefits: Color, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Ecological Function: Larval Food Source, Seed, Forage, Shelter


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    Little Bluestem

    Posted by David on May 27th 2019

    All 6 flats of 32 arrived safely and still damp. Easy to plant! Very excited!