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Little Bluestem (Schizachyrum scorparius) 8035

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Little Bluestem is the most popular native grass used for ornamental purposes. It is used extensively in landscape settings both as specimens and in mass plantings. A native warm season clump forming shortgrass that combines very well with wildflowers. Its blue and green summer hues turn a striking red in the fall and are finished off with fluffy, silver-white seed heads. Plants are a host for numerous skipper larvae and the seed produced provides food for song and game birds and small mammals. Grows best in well drained, medium to dry soil - it is not recommended for wet or heavy clay soil types. Plants range between 60-120 cm (2-4') in height.  Little Bluestem possesses superb drought tolerance and is hardy to Zone 3. 450 seed/gram

 

  • 125g $20.75


 

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Native grasses do best when planted in the fall, between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Late fall sowings additionally stratify any seed that may be dormant. An early spring sowing 12 mm (1/2") deep in April will also work very well with Little Bluestem. Keep in mind that if ideal growing conditions are unavailable, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring the following year.

Managing Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Many native plants will not bloom until the second year of growth when grown from seed. Avoid the use of supplemental fertilizer as this encourages weeds at the expense of the native plants. During the establishment year, native species plantings should be watered when dictated by the weather. The following year’s growth adapts easily to local climate and soil conditions needing only what nature provides. Mow to 20 cm (8") height at least once through the first year of growth should aggressive weeds threaten to take over the planting and again after the fall frosts have reduced annual foliage. Consider a controlled burn of prairie species where municipal laws permit. The encroachment of woody or non-prairie vegetation is curtailed by fire allowing the prairie community to thrive.
High Summer
Perennial
Direct Sow in Spring However Direct Sow in Fall is Preferred
14 to 28
Full Sun
Grass or Grass-like
Medium Tall (90 to 120 cm)(36 to 48")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Native of Canada
Poaceae
Schizachyrium scoparium
Superb landscape specimen and mass planting.
Suitable for drier soils.
Superb native food and cover plant.
Native grassland rejuvenation and reclamation projects.
Forage and hay crop.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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