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Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

This beautiful blue-green bunch grass is a staple of prairie-land from Mexico to Canada and is the State plant of Missouri. 

The name comes from the Greek meaning 'man' and 'beard' in reference to the hairy seeds. Scoparius means broom-like. 

It is most effective when planted in groups and is an excellent transitional grass between other plants in a mixed border. 

After the first frost, clumps turn a reddish bronze with fluffy, silver - white seed heads. 

Small birds, particularly wrens, love hopping between the stems and it is a larval food source for butterflies. 

Best planted in hot, dry, fairly poor soils although it is adaptable. Too much moisture or fertility will cause the stems to flop. 

Seems to grow very happily in our clay soil. Deciduous.

£ 6.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Poaceae

Hardy perennial grass (D)

H7

100cm 

40cm 

Blue-green

Silver white

Dry, well drained, poor

Full sun 

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