Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' (Poaceae)
A mouthful of a Latin name for a most useful native grass. Narrow, silvery-blue blades streaked with wine-red gracefully arch and sway in the slightest breeze. In late summer, mature 2-3' foliage is topped with pastel tufts of bloom that are set aglow in late afternoon sun. Tolerates a wide range of habitats: gravelly, arid areas in full sun, or clay soils. Its somewhat cascading form makes this compact grass especially suited to sunny slopes, combined with other native beauties like baptisias, milkweeds and asters.
Bloom color: golden-yellow
Bloom period: fall
Container size: Qt.