Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Prairie Blues’ – Little Blue Stem

Published on June 9, 2012 by Casey

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Little Blue Stem
Little Blue Stem

Cool gray-blue foliage and strong upright stems make ‘Prairie Blues’ an excellent choice for massing in native gardens. The stems and foliage are perfect for bird nesting and cover while the seeds are enjoyed by many local song birds in the fall and winter. Striking rosy orange fall color.

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  • Uniquely colorful fall foliage
  • Provides nest sites, cover and food for birds
  • Easy to grow with little care needed each season
  • Drought resistant once established in landscape
  • Foliage is stunning in dried arrangements
  • Deer resistant

Native Range

Prairies, fields, open woodlands and roadsides from New Brunswick to Alberta south to Arizona and Florida.

Native Trivia

Pollinators such as butterflies brush against reproductive parts of plants moving pollen from one flower to another. This crucial act results in fertilization and seed set assuring food for birds and insects and future generations of plants.

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Medium to Tall Grasses

    • Sun

    Bloom Time
    • Late Summer
    • Fall

    Critter Resistance
    • Deer Resistant

    Habitat Collection
    • Butterfly
    • Songbird

    • Naturalizes
    • Erosion control
    • Cut or dried flower
    • Meadow
    • Mass plant
    • Drought tolerant
    • Container

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