Common Name: Ornamental Grass, Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium Scoparium Blue Heaven

Height: 42.0-54.0 Inches

Spread: 30.0-40.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color: Purple shades

Foliage Color: Blue shades

Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Low Water Needs or Average Water Needs

Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality or Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) or Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime: Late Summer or Early Fall

Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant

Seasonal Interest: Fall Color

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Eclectic, Prairie, Rain Garden

Other Features: Border Plant, Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Erosion Control, Mass Planting

Origin: Native to North America

 

An improvement over the species, this cultivar was discovered and selected in a field of Schizachyrium seedlings by Mary Meyer at the University of Minnesota.  Several traits differ from the species. 

BLUE HEAVEN™ has a taller, more upright habit that does not tend to flop like the species.  In the summer, the foliage color is a brighter steel blue color with purple highlights, looking almost iridescent up close.  From late summer through early fall, glossy purple panicles appear with fluffy tan seeds attached. 

The fall color is also improved over the species, including a mix of purple, blue, red, pink, burgundy, and orange pigments.  This color persists into mid-fall, after which snow typically arrives in the Midwest. 

Schizachyrium is a great choice if you are looking to restore an eroded site, or for a plant that will grow in hot, dry areas where other plants have a hard time surviving.

 

Gardening Tips:

This grass is terrific in a border or meadow setting. It needs full sun and is tolerant of heat and humidity. Schizachyrium can grow in either acidic or alkaline soils, and can tolerate a range of moisture conditions including average to extremely dry. It does not need to be fertilized. It's a good idea to cut this grass back to ground level in late fall in order to have a sturdier plant the coming year.