The Blues Little Bluestem in a black nursery pot showing off its tall green foliage on a white background

The Blues Little Bluestem

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 2-3' tall
  • Mature Width: 2-3' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 2-3' apart

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  • Lavender-blue colored stems
  • Fluffy, tall flower shoots
  • Flower seeds attract hummingbirds and a variety of songbirds 
  • Cold hardy and drought tolerant 
  • Low-Maintenance and easy to grow 
  • Hand selected, Fresh from our Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box 

Why the The Blues Little Bluestem?

Having the blues never felt so good! The Blues Little Bluestem will make beautiful music in your landscape. In spring, the intro sets the tone… cool blue blades arise, making a sharply vertical impression. Planted en masse in your garden, this upright element creates a sense of rhythm. In early fall, the foliage strikes a new chord when it changes from sky-blue to raspberry-red. At the same time, wispy white flower plumes appear like high notes in a sweet melody. It’s a performance you’ll enjoy year after year, and you’ll have the best seat in the house!

Little Bluestem belongs to the rich natural heritage of North America. This adaptable Fringe is native to southern Canada from Alberta to Quebec and to virtually all of the continental U.S. except for the West Coast. Its strongest association, however, is with the prairies. It once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other grasses and wildflowers in the vast tallgrass prairies that covered our nation’s heartland. On the southern plains, this plant had a special purpose for the Kiowa-Apache. It was gathered together to make switches used for driving the evil spirits out of people during sweat lodge ceremonies. The Blues Little Bluestem was introduced by Maryland nurseryman Kurt Bluemel.

How to use in the landscape?

Butterflies! When you think of butterfly-attracting plants, Fringes may not have a place on that list, but The Blues Little Bluestem actually makes a worthy addition to your butterfly garden. It serves as a host plant for several species of small skipper butterflies.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant

The Blues Little Bluestem responds well to tough love. Give it baking sun, fast-draining soil, little to no fertilizer, and little to no supplemental water once established. Take care to keep mulch away from the crown of the plant as well. This strict regimen will encourage strong, compact, self-supporting growth. More lush conditions will make this Fringe flop.

How To Water

Water The Blues Little Bluestem consistently when freshly planted as this will allow it to develop a deep root system. After it becomes established, it has great drought tolerance.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Leave seedheads standing for winter interest and to feed the birds. In early spring, shear the stems back to a few inches from the ground to make way for new blue blades to emerge. Divide the clumps every two to three years to prevent overcrowding.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9


How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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