Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues' - Little Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'
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.
- Uniquely colorful fall foliage, nice in dried arrangements
- Provides nest sites, cover and food for birds
- Attracts butterflies, host plant for many skippers
- Easy to grow, deer resistant
- Drought resistant once established in landscape
Prairies, fields, open woodlands and roadsides from New Brunswick to Alberta south to Arizona and Florida.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
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.
Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Adaptable wide range of soil conditions. Cut back in late winter to early spring before the new foliage begins to grow.