Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass

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'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color than most of the species, and late summer brings slender deep-purple plumes atop the foliage for an added layer of color. In autumn, small, airy, silver-white seed heads glisten in the autumn sun, against foliage that shifts to a warm bronze-orange color. Leave standing over winter to enjoy the colors and textures. An outstanding choice for both formal structured mass plantings and natural-looking landscapes. An exceptionally cold-hardy grass. (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Zones 3 - 9
Easy To Grow
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Good For Containers
Winter Interest
Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 36-40" tall , 18-24" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season.

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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Plant Information

36-40" tall x 18-24" wide. 'Prairie Blues' Little Bluestem Grass is an excellent selection for sustainable landscaping. Plants show good drought tolerance once established and perform well on some of the most challenging sites. Clay soils, low fertility, high heat, and humidity are no match for Little Bluestem, and 'Prairie Blues' shrugs off cold weather, tolerating winter chills to zone 3. All that rugged toughness hides behind a charming mask of silver and blue. Plant 'Prairie Blues' for dramatic texture and color in perennial borders and cottage-style plantings, or naturalize in meadows and wildlife gardens. The silver seed heads attract birds and often persist into the winter, and dense foliage provides shelter throughout the year. Let foliage stand for winter habitat and cut back to 2-3 inches above ground in early spring before  new growth begins. No serious insect or disease problems.

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Associated SKUsAM016196
AM014224 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM015750 (Tray of 18) - Out of stock.
AM015751 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass
Botanical Name
Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
36-40" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Clumps of slender, flat, linear blue-green grass blades.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Well Draining
Dry Sites
Easy To Grow, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Good For Containers, Winter Interest, Good For Erosion Control
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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