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Schizachyrium scoparium - little bluestem

    Schizachyrium scoparium - little bluestem

    Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as little bluestem, is a popular ornamental grass native to North America. This hardy perennial grass is renowned for its striking blue-green foliage, which turns a warm coppery-orange in the fall. In addition to its beauty, Schizachyrium scoparium is also valued for its tolerance to drought and poor soil conditions.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 60-120 cm (24-48 in)
    • Spread: 30-60 cm (12-24 in)
    • Flower color: Tan to silver
    • Flowering period: Late summer to early fall
    • Foliage: Blue-green, turning to coppery-orange in fall
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining, sandy to loamy soil, pH 5.5-7.5
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Little bluestem is a versatile grass that can be used in a variety of ways. It is commonly planted in large drifts or as an accent plant in mixed borders or prairie-style gardens. It can also be used in erosion control and as a groundcover in naturalized areas.

    Little bluestem is a tough grass that is drought tolerant and resistant to disease and pests. It also provides habitat and food for birds and small animals.

    Companion Plants:
    • Veronica spicata 'Red Fox': The spiky flowers of this plant provide a beautiful textural contrast to the delicate foliage of Schizachyrium scoparium.
    • Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer': The warm yellow flowers of this coneflower provide a beautiful complement to the warm tones of Schizachyrium scoparium.
    • Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal': The blue-grey foliage of this grass complements the blue-green foliage of Schizachyrium scoparium, and its upright habit provides a nice contrast to the more relaxed habit of Schizachyrium scoparium.

    Care Instructions:
    Little bluestem is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It is drought tolerant once established but should be watered regularly during its first year. It is best to cut back the grass in early spring before new growth begins.

    Final Thoughts:
    Little bluestem is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a beautiful and low-maintenance ornamental grass that provides year-round interest. Its natural beauty and hardiness make it an essential addition to any landscape.