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Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass

SKU: AM016196
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Container Planting, Erosion Control
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
36-40" tall
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.


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.