- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 36 - 40 Inches
- Mature Spread 36 - 40 Inches
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
Little Bluestem is one of the most loved of the native North American prairie grasses. Prairie Blues is a variety that holds its exceptional silvery-blue color late in the summer before turning a fiery orange for the fall and winter. The downy seed heads and colorful foliage make for good dried flower arrangements as well as an interesting addition to a vase of fresh cut flowers.
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem has a nice compact height and width that rarely needs staking or pruning during the summer. This perennial looks great mixed in with other ornamental grasses or used in a large group to provide a huge hit of color in a modern urban planting scheme. Little Bluestem are extremely tolerant of drought, poor soil, wind and deer. This plant also has great resistance to pests and disease and only requires minimal maintenance after being well established.
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Care
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem will have the best color when planted in full sun. Shade early in the day or late in the afternoon is acceptable. A moist, well drained soil will help the roots establish well. Additional watering the first 2 years will be necessary. When mature, this grass is very drought tolerant.
Annual Maintenance is very simple and straightforward. Cut back to 6-8 inches above the soil late in the winter or early summer as the new growth begins. Regular dividing will help to keep Prairie Blues growing vigorously. Every 3-4 years in the late summer, clumps can be dug up and separated into smaller pieces. Water the new plants in well and mulch lightly with leaves or organic compost to protect for the first winter.
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Spacing
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem is considered a medium sized grass and is easily worked into the middle of any planted border or looks great on its own as a specimen in a container on a deck or patio. The mature height is 3-5 feet and the spread is 18-24 inches. Spacing plants at 20 inches on center is recommended. Plant this grass in a 16 inch diameter pot or larger.
Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
|Mature Height: 36 - 40 Inches
|Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
|Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
|Flower Color(s): White
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous
|Foliage Color(s): Blue
|Foliage Description: Multi-color
|Seasonal Interest: Fall Flowering
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
|Common Name: Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass
|Scientific Name: SCHIZACHYRIUM SCOPARIUM `PRAIRIE BLUES`
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.