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Andropogon scoparius 'Prairie Blues'

Andropogon scoparius 'Prairie Blues'

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Androprogon 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.

'Prairie Blues' has pronounced blue-gray foliage in summer. Fall color is a lovely rosy orange. Silvery seed heads persists well into winter.

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

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

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

Zones: 3 to 9

Family: Poaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 36 to 42 in.

Spread: 18 to 24 in.

Exposure: full sun to part-shade

Soil Conditions: dry, well-drained

Bloom Time: August to October

Bloom Color: Silvery

Native Range: North America and Northern Mexico


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