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Bluestem grass - Schizachyrium scoparium

Hi all I'm starting a new prarie border this year and I'm going through grass options and have come across little bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium. I know nothing about this grass being grown in the UK and was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with it and is it invasive in UK. 


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,853
    No it's not invasive... I grew it on the south coast of England.. it's an attractive small grass, I bought it for sentimental reasons - won't go into that..   it does get flattened by rain though and demands the driest and most pebbly soil conditions to keep it sturdy..
    East Anglia, England
  • Thanks for the info I think I'll give it a go. I have a few other ideas so I'll have an experiment  :)
  • The bluestems are from the midwest of USA. Areas that have long winters with persistent snow e.g. we were there for a month at Christmas and we never saw anything other than white. In the summer, they have very warm, humid weather, with frequent thunderstorms. As a result, everything is lush and grows rapidly. Another plant from this area is baptisia, in multiple colourways, not just the blue one us Brits are used to. I bought Sporobolus heterolepsis, the prairie dropseed, but it's very tiny at present.
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