Prevalent in the eastern half of this country, Schizachyriums are becoming a favorite of gardeners everywhere. These warm season clumping grasses have soft-looking, narrow blades, though most of the plant’s height is due to its flower spikes: sheer fluffy plumes of steel-hued seed heads that look great backlit or as part of a cut arrangement. Deciduous and drought tolerant, they will grow in almost any type of soil except those overly soggy.
Acclaimed nursery owner Kurt Bluemel selected this superb cultivar from a group of S. ‘Aldous’ seedlings. The slender upright habit is defined by rosy-pink stems and fine-hewn steel-blue leaves that greet autumn with mulled purple, burgundy and russet tones. Fluffy silver seed heads plus lucent amber-hued winter foliage offer late season appeal. Enduring clay soil, humidity and heat, ‘The Blues’s tenacious demeanor brings colorful, nearly year-round vertical accents to smaller gardens, prairie-style plantings and water-wise landscapes.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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