Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium


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Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2-3 feet
Type: Warm-season, perennial, bunchgrass.
*Salt tolerant*

More Details:

Suggested Uses: This is a very attractive bunchgrass with a beautiful blue, purple or red color in the fall. The seed heads are beautifully fuzzy and add texture to gardens and restorations in the fall as well as cut flower arrangements. This grass is an excellent choice for any landscaping project including shoreline restoration! Its salt tolerance makes it a great addition to boulevards and roadside gardens too. Deer resistant.

Native Range: Native throughout the majority of the U.S. including Minnesota.

Wildlife Value: Host plant for several species of moths and skipper butterflies, including the federally threatened Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) and the federally endangered Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek). Songbirds and gamebirds eat the seeds in winter. It is forage for deer and elk and provides cover for ground birds and small animals. It is unlikely that deer will search out this plant; it is safe to plant in your yard!

More information: USDA plant profile

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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