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The Blues Little Bluestem Grass

American Beauties Native Plants

Availability : Pre-Order for Spring
Availability : In Stock
$42.49
This product does not ship to: AZ, CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA
  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 3 - 5 Feet
  • Mature Spread 3 - 5 Feet
  • Growing Zones 3 - 9

The Blues little bluestem is an exceptionally adaptable, low-maintenance ornamental grass that provides stellar year-round interest. This cultivar is noteworthy for its exceptional blue color in summer and coppery orange tones in fall. Flowers appear on branched stems in late summer. They are followed by clusters of attractive silvery-white, feathery seed heads that persist into winter.

Little bluestem is native to North America and was once the most dominant prairie grass, making it an excellent selection for native and bird-friendly landscapes. Drought tolerant and with few care needs, this plant is a workhorse in sun-baked areas. It fits in perfectly in meadow or prairie style plantings and fills in quickly as a mass planting. Shorter than many other ornamental grass selections, it works as a border or in cottage gardens without dwarfing nearby plants.

The Blues Little Bluestem Care

This ornamental grass grows best in a site with full sunlight. Once established, it is drought tolerant and requires only very occasional watering during dry periods. Fertilizer needs are minimal. Too little sun and too much water or fertilizer has a tendency to make the plant flop over. The Blues little bluestem has great heat, humidity, and cold tolerance and easily grows in a range of soils but prefers good drainage.

For pruning, simply cut or mow the little bluestem just above ground level when you see new growth start to emerge in late winter or spring. 

The Blues Little Bluestem Spacing

The Blues Little Bluestem grows two to three feet tall with a similar spread. Position these little bluestems two feet apart, center on center, to create a filled-in mass planting within a few growing seasons.

The Blues Little Bluestem Grass Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 3 - 5 Feet
Mature Spread: 1 - 2 Feet
Spacing: 1 - 2 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: August
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Erosion Control, Hedges & Privacy, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America, Award Winner
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: The Blues Little Bluestem Grass
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: SCHIZACHYRIUM SCOPARIUM `THE BLUES`
SKU:
1231003354-pc

Container Sizes

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.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.

Summer

If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!

Winter

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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