Schizachyrium scoparium

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characteristics

Light green to grey blades are flattened at base. Purple-blue to reddish brown stems. Waits 'til mid-summer to put up seed heads. Somewhat inconspicuous until it sets seed. Stems turn dark copper in the fall. The fluffy seed heads light up when backlit by the sun. Stems remain upright through winter. Tends to form colonies.

240,670 seeds/pound; start from seed or container; transplants fairly well.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P W 0.9 B S F-M-C D •• - 5.0-8.4 green-grey copper red yellow (copper)

habitat

Prairie, abandoned fields, rail road edges, rocky slopes. Likes dryish areas.

uses

Leaves are eaten by a variety of skipper caterpillars. Cover and seeds for sparrow and finch. Excellent forage grass for cattle.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
SSN = season: C = cool | W = warm | Y = late
H = height (in metres) | W = width (in metres) | B = bunch | S = sod | SB = sod/bunch
sun: S = full sun | S/PS = sun or partial shade | PS = partial shade | SH = full shade
soil: F = fine | M = medium | C = coarse
H2O = moisture requirement: D = dry | M = moist | W = wet | Z = aquatic
fire = fire tolerance: - = unknown | X = none | = some | •• = moderate | ••• = high tolerance
N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
summer = foliage colour | fall = foliage (stem) colour | flower (seed) = flower (seed / fruit) colour, if conspicuous
pH = acidity - alkalinity