Schizachyrium Grass Smoke Signal

Schizachyrium skizz-uh-KEER-ee-um

Smoke Signal:  A native grass, which used to be widely distributed all over the Great Plains. This selection features sturdy, tight, upright stems in blue-green and offers amazing fall color when it turns a deep, red-purple. Small tan seed heads appear in late summer and late through to fall. Tolerates dryness, heat and humidity. Warm season. Provides excellent winter interest.

Full Sun

Height: 35-47″/Spread: 18-23″

Foliage Accent

Size Available: 1 Gallon

Schizachyrium Grass Smoke Signal

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.