Schizachyrium Grass Jazz

Schizachyrium skizz-uh-KEER-ee-um

Jazz:  Jazz little bluestem is a striking plant with blue and purple coloring and flashes of maroon. In late summer silver flower plumes appear which fade to reddish-brown in the fall. Jazz is smaller than most bluestems reaching a height of only 30 inches and a width of about eighteen inches. It is usual to retain the plumes over the winter months to enjoy their motion in wind and snow. Cut back to ground level in late winter to promote fresh new growth.

Full to Part Sun

Height: 24-30″/Spread: 16-18″

Foliage Accent

Size Available: 1 Gallon

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Description

Schizachyrium skizz-uh-KEER-ee-um

Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly called little bluestem, is native to prairies, fields, clearings, hills, limestone glades, roadsides, waste areas and open woods from Alberta to Quebec south to Arizona and Florida. It was one of the dominant grasses of the vast tallgrass prairie region which once covered rich and fertile soils in many parts of central North America. Purplish-bronze flowers appear in 3” long racemes on branched stems rising above the foliage in August. Flowers are followed by clusters of fluffy, silvery-white seed heads which are attractive and often persist into winter. Many consider the most outstanding ornamental feature of this grass to be its bronze-orange fall foliage color.