Plant of the Week: 'The Blues' Little Bluestem

Present throughout the park, ‘The Blues’ little bluestem is a wispy grass that produces fluffy silver seed heads that remain beautiful through the winter months.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that took root on the elevated rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' is a native grass that you’ll find growing throughout the High Line. Native to New York, this grass was one of the wild species that grew up between the tracks after the trains stopped running on the High Line in 1980.

This time of year, ‘The Blues’ little bluestem is characterized by its hearty and wispy leaves blades with fluffy silver seed heads, adding unexpected texture to the winter landscape of the High Line. After the High Line Green-Up Spring Cutback, this resilient native grass will bounce back with blue-green foliage in the summer months.

On the High Line between Gansevoort and West 14th Streets, between West 18th and West 19th Streets, and between West 28th and West 30th Streets.

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