Schizachyrium scoparium Blue Paradise

Prairie WindsŪ Series

Little Bluestem, Bluestem

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Plant Code: SCBP

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A cinch to grow, striking silvery blue stems maintain their upright columnar habit all season. In early fall, tiny seed heads emerge on the top half of the stems as this lovely grass develops into a deep wine-purple color. Tolerates heat and humidity well.

Schizachyrium Blue Paradise is a perfect upright backdrop for any border. Seedheads are an excellent food source for birds. Native to the United States, this ornamental grass turns wheat color in the winter.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Medium 36-42" (4' in flower)
Spacing: Plant 2' apart
Bloom Time: Early Fall to Late Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Not Applicable
Accent: Not Applicable
Patent: PP28,145
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Schizachyrium General Information

Schizachyrium are North American natives valued for their winter color and interest. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Schizachyrium Plant Care

Prefers dry, not especially fertile soil. Does not tolerate wet soils. Can be divided in spring when needed. Cut back in early spring leaving 3-4" of previous years growth. Will self sow.