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Prairie Winds® 'Blue Paradise' Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium

(5 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
42" 24"
Height
36 - 42"
Spread
24"
  • Details

    Features

    An upright ornamental grass that withstands adverse weather conditions. In summer, striking silvery blue stems form a columnar habit. Deep wine purple fall color.

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Drought Tolerant
    Erosion Control
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Grass: 
    Grass
    Native to North America

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 42 Inches
    Spacing: 
    24 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Tan
    Flower Shade: 
    Tan
    Foliage Colors: 
    Blue
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Silvery blue
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Low
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Grass
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Maintenance Notes: 

    This easy-to-grow grass does best in full sun and dry to average, well-drained soil. Tolerates heat and humidity well. Cut back in early winter.

    Prairie Winds® 'Blue Paradise' Schizachyrium scoparium USPP 28,145, Can 5,650
  • 5 Reviews

    • I splurged and bought this Plant Online last spring. First time I did that. Plant came, little plug of a thing...about 4 inches high, 3 inches diameter. I was concerned but Proven Winners encouraged me. I planted it in a large 16 inch pot On a full sun roof deck. It did grow to about 1 1/2 -2 feet high and about 7 inches in diameter over the growing season. Was a lovely straight tallish Corner backdrop for my Other pots. As directed I cut it back to about 5 inches in late November and it wintered outside looking like a small bristle of straw. Then this spring it began to return and now in early June it is already a glorious 12 high by 12 inch diameter bushy green grass. I can’t wait to see how tall it gets this year and begins to get the lovely bluish leaves and then later purplish. I am thrilled that it returned as promised. Thank you Proven Winners for your great plant and wise advice.

      Carol F
      , District Of Columbia
      , United States
      , 4 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I splurged and bought this Plant Online last spring. First time I did that. Plant came, little plug of a thing...about 4 inches high, 3 inches diameter. I was concerned but Proven Winners encouraged me. I planted it in a large 16 inch pot On a full sun roof deck. It did grow to about 1 1/2 -2 feet high and about 7 inches in diameter over the growing season. Was a lovely straight tallish Corner backdrop for my Other pots. As directed I cut it back to about 5 inches in late November and it wintered outside looking like a small bristle of straw. Then this spring it began to return and now in early June it is already a glorious 12 high by 12 inch diameter bushy green grass. I can’t wait to see how tall it gets this year and begins to get the lovely bluish leaves and then later purplish. I am thrilled that it returned as promised. Thank you Proven Winners for your great plant and wise advice.

      Carol F
      , District Of Columbia
      , United States
      , 4 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Got this plant this spring. First time I bought a plant online. Arrived as just a 4 inch tall plug about size of soup can. I was nervous and a bit skeptical about eventual size. I planted it in a large 18 inch? wide planter on full sun roof deck. It took a while but then went gangbuster. Now over 2 feet tall and fills at least 2/3 of planter. Looks beautiful especially with the purple fall color, just like the photos you have on this site.. I did nothing but water it dailyand fertilize it once a month. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will survive the winter. (I think you advised to cut it down to about 4 inches near end of November). Next year I would like to add a hardy perennial filler/spiller to the pot for more interest (something that will survive outside). Would love advice on that. Lovely healthy plant. Thank you Proven Winner.

      Carol Fisch
      , District Of Columbia
      , United States
      , 39 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Joe Smuckatellie
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Joe Smuckatellie
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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