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Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass

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‘Prairie Blues’ is an exceptional variety of native little bluestem grass, selected for vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color than the species. Late summer brings purple plumes rising above the foliage. Flowers are followed by airy silver-white seed heads that glisten in the autumn sun against bronze-orange fall foliage. (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Native
Native
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 36-40" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season.
SKU 25ORNXX

Plant Information

36" tall x 15-18" wide. ‘Prairie Blues’ 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. The 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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25ORNXX
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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
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 36-40" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season.
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Blue
Foliage Clumps of slender, flat, linear blue-green grass blades.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Tolerates Dry Sites
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Easy to Grow, Native, Winter Interest, Erosion Control, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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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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