Blue Heaven® Little Bluestem
Prevalent in the eastern half of this country, Schizachyriums are becoming a favorite of gardeners everywhere. These warm season clumping grasses have soft-looking, narrow blades, though most of the plant’s height is due to its flower spikes: sheer fluffy plumes of steel-hued seed heads that look great backlit or as part of a cut arrangement. Deciduous and drought tolerant, they will grow in almost any type of soil except those overly soggy.
Discovered amongst a field of seedlings by Mary Meyer at the University of Minnesota, this outstanding new cultivar grows taller than the species and touts a valiant prismatic stance. Nonflopping, upright light blue foliage deepens to blue-gray, then later imparts vibrant violet and burgundy for summer, while heralding fall with pink, wine-red, purple and coppery-orange tones. Above the dashing, slim flattened leaves, a bird-friendly array of glossy purplish panicles and eye-catching, silver-haired tan seed heads add extra panache. (pp#17,310)
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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