Photo: Blackstem Plants
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'
The dried leaves of the Bluestem grasses were once used by Native Indians for winter insulation in their moccasins. Only 1% of the prairie habitat remains so we hope they've acquired some good thick socks.
At home on the range or as billowy clumps in the garden, this is a seed selection of the native species.
It grows to mid height with clouds of silver-white seed-heads held above blue-green needle like stems.
Following frost, the stems turns bronze-red and will stand throughout the early winter.
All the bluestem grasses are very neat and tidy, forming narrow, needle like clumps.
'Prairie Blues' is exceptionally compact and a good choice where space is limited.
Tolerant of thin, poor soils and drought. Deciduous.
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Dry, well drained, poor