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Andropogon scoparius 'Blaze'

Andropogon scoparius 'Blaze'

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Andropogon is a large genus of grasses that can be found across the globe. The species we grow are all attractive North American natives (or nativars) suitable for use in borders, erosion control, screening, and/or prairie plantings.

Little Bluestem, along with Big Bluestem, once dominated the American tallgrass prairie from Canada down to Arizona and Florida. We grow it today for the blue-tinted summer foliage, fall color, and attractive silvery seed heads.

'Blaze' has truly outstanding fall color. The foliage takes on purple tints in late summer before bursting into the most vivid shades of purple, red, and orange in fall.

Fun Fact: Native Americans once used the dried leaves of this species for winter insulation in their moccasins.

Tip: Little Bluestem tends to flop towards the end of the season. Plant it in full sun to avoid the problem.

: Selected as Perennial Plant of the Year from the Perennial Plant Association

Zones: 3 to 9

Family: Poaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 24 to 36 in.

Spread: 18 to 24 in.

Exposure: Full sun, part-shade

Soil Conditions: Dry, well-drained

Bloom Time: August to October

Bloom Color: Silver

Native Range: all US states except Nevada and Washington

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