Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) [40 Seeds]


Germination Information: I suggest starting these seeds in a pot, gently pressed into the surface of the growing medium, in a warm, bright place.

If no seedlings appear after several weeks, consider giving the seeds an artificial chilling period (put the pot in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for 4 to 8 weeks) before removing the bag and moving the pot back to a warm, bright place.

Transplant the seedlings (in groups) to individual pots when they’re 1 to 2 inches tall. Use groups of 6 to 10 or so if you want bigger clumps faster, or 3 or 4 per pot if you want a larger number of starter plants.

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Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is a warm-season, clump-forming grass with 2- to 4-foot-tall stems carrying silvery seed tufts in autumn. The fall color is excellent, and the persistent stems add winter interest to borders and meadows.

I collected these seeds from dozens of different plants to get a good selection of the genetic variability here, including foliage colors from grayish blue to olive green to red-tinged green; habits from strongly upright to vase-shaped; and fall colors from rich reddish orange to coppery pink. U.S. native (seed from my meadow in Bucks County, PA). Full sun. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in September and October 2020. At least 40 seeds.


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