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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' (Little bluestem 'Blaze')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'

Other names

Little bluestem 'Blaze'

Genus

Schizachyrium Schizachyrium

Variety or Cultivar

'Blaze' _ 'Blaze' is a densely tufted, slowly spreading, clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with erect stems bearing linear, blue-green leaves turning red in autumn and, from late summer into autumn, narrow racemes of purple-brown flower spikelets followed by fluffy, silvery-white seed heads.


Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Spreading

Flower

Purple, Flushed brown in Summer; Purple, Flushed brown in Autumn

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free. Resistant to damage by deer (Deer Resistant A - Rarely Damaged).

General care

Pruning

Cut to ground level in late winter to early spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' (Little bluestem 'Blaze') will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Prairie planting, Gravel, Foliage only, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Rock

Cultivation

Prefers moderately fertile, slightly acid, sharply-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate a wide range of conditions except shallow, chalky soils. Tolerates heat and humidity. Tolerates drought once established. Resistant to damage by deer.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'

Other names

Little bluestem 'Blaze'

Genus

Schizachyrium Schizachyrium

Variety or Cultivar

'Blaze' _ 'Blaze' is a densely tufted, slowly spreading, clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with erect stems bearing linear, blue-green leaves turning red in autumn and, from late summer into autumn, narrow racemes of purple-brown flower spikelets followed by fluffy, silvery-white seed heads.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Purple, Flushed brown in Summer; Purple, Flushed brown in Autumn

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free. Resistant to damage by deer (Deer Resistant A - Rarely Damaged).

General care

Pruning

Cut to ground level in late winter to early spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' (Little bluestem 'Blaze') will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Prairie planting, Gravel, Foliage only, Drought Tolerant, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Rock

Cultivation

Prefers moderately fertile, slightly acid, sharply-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate a wide range of conditions except shallow, chalky soils. Tolerates heat and humidity. Tolerates drought once established. Resistant to damage by deer.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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