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Scientific Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
Pronunciation: skizz-uh-KEER-ee-um skoe-PAIR-ee-um
Common Name: bluestem grass, little bluestem
Family Name: Poaceae
Plant Type: Poales (grass-like)
Key ID Features:
Course(s): HORT 2355


Habit: Arching, Open, Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: U.S. - northeast
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Container planting, Dried flower or fruit, Dryland (no watering), Erosion control, Fall interest, Group or mass planting
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars on campus may include S. 'Prairie Blues'
bluestem grass, little bluestem
 
 
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Grass-like
Arrangement: Basal
Texture/ Venation: Parallel venation
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Summer: Green, Silver / Grayish
Colour in Fall: Pink, Purple
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Sheathing
Margins:

 
 
Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Panicle-like, Spikelet
Flower Morphology:
Colour (petals): Showy, Brown
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Aug, Sep

 
Fruit Type: Grain (caryopsis)
Fruit Colour: Silver, White
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
 
Bark or Stem Colour:
  
Organ Modifications: Fibrous roots (monocots)

Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Maintenance:Low
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant
 
Location(s):
(BCE) Boulevard (Circular) Eastend
(NRY) NuRserY : cv. Prairie blues
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