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Smoke Signal Bluestem

Adds year-round interest to the landscape

  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height/Habit: 36 - 48 inches
  • Zone: 3-9
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Smoke Signal Bluestem


This wonderfully versatile plant is the perfect choice for adding color, movement, and style to sunlit borders, focal points, woodland areas and privacy screens. Erect, broomlike clumps of brilliant blue-tinted blades grow 3-4' tall, providing summer color to the landscape. What's even better is that the foliage takes on a stunning scarlet-red hue in late summer and turns deep red-purple in fall with small tan seed heads covering the tops of the stems. Even in winter and spring, this perennial grass maintains its beauty and interest in the garden. Deer resistant. Zones 3-9. Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' PPAF

There is a reason why garden designers and landscapers put ornamental grasses in their plans. These vibrant, beautiful plants add texture, interest and variety to any garden or landscape. Plus, they are easy to grow and a snap to maintain. Many grass varieties feature feathery plumes or striking foliage that changes color with the seasons. One of the very best things about ornamental grasses is that they don't disappear after blooming has ended. They continue to evolve throughout the year, providing welcome color and architectural interest to the area. Don't miss out on these fabulous plants.

Product Details
  • Season Fall
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameSchizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' PPAF
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread18 - 24 inches
  • Spacing18 - 24 inches
  • Hardiness Zone3-9
  • Planting InstructionsTolerant of a wide range of soils, but will not grow well in moist, fertile soils. Often associated with high magnesium levels in the soil.
  • Foliage Typeerect, upright, broom-like clumps of slender leaves (1/4" wide) which are tinted blue
  • Soil Requirementaverage, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates wide range of soil conditions
  • Watering Requirementdrought tolerant
  • PruningCut to the ground in late winter to early spring. Spring
  • Unique CharactersticsThis selection of our native Schizachyrium has a beautifully refined habit and puts forth a strong show of color in late summer and fall. The glaucous blue-green foliage begins to take on scarlet red tones in late summer, turning a deeper red-purple through the fall. Tiny, tan seed heads appear in early fall on the top half of the stems. An improvement over older cultivars, this grass maintains its strictly upright habit through fall. Schizachyrium is a great choice if you are looking to restore an eroded site, or for a plant that will grow in hot, dry areas where other plants have a hard time surviving.
  • Shipped3" POT
  • Height/Habit36 - 48 inches
  • Growth RateModerate
Shipping Information

When will my order ship?

Orders for in-stock seeds, general merchandise and gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping time frames outlined below:

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

2017 Fall Shipping Schedule
Zone Perennials, Bulbs & Potted Plants
1A-2B 9/5/2017 – 11/3/2017
3A-10B 9/5/2017 - 11/17/2017
Last Order Date Zones 1-2: 10/30/2017
Zones 3-10: 11/13/2017

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