schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem) native

Size: 1 gallon
  • AKA andropogon scoparius
  • slightly arching clump of blue-green leaves
  • leaves are flame-coloured in the fall and remain showy throughout the winter
  • seed heads emerge blue-purple, age to white, and persist through the fall
  • bloom time: late summer 
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 3
  • height 100-125cm
  • spread 50-70cm
  • colour silver
  • grows best in an average well-drained soil, in full sun
  • thrives in summer heat and humidity
  • plants should be cut back in early spring to make way for new growth
  • too much moisture or too fertile a soil will cause flowers to fall over, creating a messy look
  • best used in masses, to wave in breezes
  • full sun
  • fast growing 
  • deer resistant
  • drought tolerant, once established
  • long blooming
  • heat tolerant
  • low maintenance
  • native to ontario
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)