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FutureStarrSchizachyrium scoparium 'blaze
Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as little bluestem or beard grass, is a species of North American prairie grass native to most of the contiguous United States (except California, Nevada, and Oregon) as well as a small area north of the Canada–US border and northern Mexico. It is most common in the Midwestern prairies.
We are excited to bring you this Schizachyrium because it was a total standout in our trials. Though native Schizachyriums typically color up in fall, ‘Twilight Zone’ possesses a nearly iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over the whole plant beginning in midsummer. It retains these eerily beautiful tones through fall when brighter purple highlights appear on the flower stems. The attractive foliage forms a strictly upright, narrowly columnar clump that is about half as wide as it is tall. We grow one species of Schizachyrium, the North American native Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as Little Bluestem. It has high ecological value and low maintenance needs. It’s easy-care, unfussy, and beautiful. That's part of why the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) named Schizachyrium scoparium and cultivars the 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year®. You can read more about its selection in our blog post.
Schizachyrium is tough and adaptable, tolerant of a range of moisture conditions from average to nearly arid. It is able to grow on both acidic and alkaline soils. They establish quickly on disturbed soils—perfect for banks, slopes, and restorations. They also shine in meadows, prairies, and mixed plantings. It gives food, shelter, and nesting material to wildlife and attracts birds and pollinators.Schizachyrium scoparium was previously classified as Andropogon scoparius and is sometimes still listed as such. Grasses in Schizachyrium were once considered part of Andropogon. They are closely related genera. Their subtle differences sparked debates within the botanical community starting over 200 years ago. (Source: hoffmannursery.com)