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Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blue Heaven'

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Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blue Heaven') at Gertens

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem in fall

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem in fall

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Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blue Heaven') at Gertens

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Little Bluestem

Description:

Native selection with dark blue to burgundy foliage in summer; fall color includes purple, violet and red; Sturdy species

Ornamental Features

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The antique red seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall to late winter. Its attractive grassy leaves are bluish-green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous orange in the fall. It has masses of beautiful spikes of light green flowers rising above the foliage in late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The brick red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Blue Heaven™ Little Bluestem will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features