Prairie Winds® 'Blue Paradise' Schizachyrium | Proven Winners

This ornamental grass is a result of an extensive Schizachyrium breeding program from Walters Gardens and is the perfect option for those looking to add to their native or prairie garden.

The habit is very upright and columnar and maintains its upright habit through fall. At 3½' tall, this grass will be the perfect backdrop to your garden. True to its name, ‘Blue Paradise’ has striking silvery blue stems in summer. In the fall, this grass takes center stage as the leaves develop a deep wine purple color. Tiny tan seed heads appear on the top half of the stems in early 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.

  • Foliage Interest
  • Fall Interest
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion Control
  • Resists: Deer
  • Native to North America


  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Medium
  • Garden Height: 36 - 42 Inches
  • Spacing: 24 Inches
  • Spread: 24 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Tan
  • Flower Shade: Tan
  • Foliage Colors: Blue, Purple
  • Foliage Shade: Silvery blue
  • Habit: Upright
  • Container Role: Thriller


  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer - Early Fall
  • Hardiness Zones: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b 
  • Water Category: Low
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Acidic Soil, Neutral Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Grass, Landscape, Mass Planting
  • Maintenance Notes: This easy-to-grow grass does best in full sun and dry to average, well-drained soil. Tolerates heat and humidity well. Cut back in early winter.
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

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