Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues' ~ Prairie Blues Little Bluestem

Prairie Blues Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'

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Prairie Blues Little Bluestem is a  native  grass with upright slender leaves that is a consistent grey-blue and has rose-orange fall color.  Tiny purple-brown flowers rise high above the foliage on stems in late summer and are followed by fluffy silver seed heads that persist through winter.  Grows best in  full sun and well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.

Schizachyrium scoparium is a native host plant for 6 different skippers:  the Ottoe, Indian, Crossline, Dusted, Cobweb, and Dixie skipper.  The seeds are eaten by small birds.


Orn. Grass


N. America; GA Native


3’ - 3.5'


1.5' - 2'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9


  Full Sun

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Summer,  Fall Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant.  Cut to ground late winter or early spring.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings,  Borders Naturalized Areas Woodland Garden Rock Gardens Native Gardens Groundcover, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Sea Holly, Tickseed, Blazing Star

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown

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