Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' Little Bluestem

Available Spring 2024
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Description

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' is a warm season perennial grass that puts on a wonderful color show, turning from blue-green to deep red and purple in the summer and fall. Schizachyrium 'Smoke Signal' maintains its upright habit throughout the season. Also known as Little Bluestem or Beardgrass, this grass is a favorite for naturalized settings and meadows. White tufts of seed heads are very attractive along with its fall foliage. Remove these seed heads if self sowing is a problem. Little Bluestem is utilized by butterflies, songbirds, pollinators and other insects.

Schizachyrium scoparium is native to almost all the contiguous United States and the southern half of Canada. It is indigenous to prairies, meadows, savannas, rocky glades and other well-drained, even dry sites. It is often a dominant species in the short grass prairies of the Central and Great Plains as well as a major component of tall grass prairies. It was formerly known as Andropogon scoparius.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' prefers full sun and drier to moist, but well-drained soils. It dislikes wet soils, particularly in winter. It is great for hot, dry areas and is drought tolerant once established.

Characteristics

  • Common Names: Little Bluestem
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained
  • Height at Maturity: 40
  • Width at Maturity: 24
  • Bloom Color: Tan/Brown
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Patent #: PPAF

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Drought.
  • Other Features:

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 

All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
    • Zone 8: Starting April 1st
    • Zone 7: Starting April 8th
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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