Schizachyrium scoparium
(little bluestem)
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Category: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Photo Credits: Steven N. Rodie

Additional Species:

‘Blaze,’ ‘The Blues,’ ‘Blue Heaven’

Height: 24 – 36 inches


Spread:  365 inches


Location: Sides, Top of Berm


Native Status: NE


Comments & Cautions:
excellent drought-tolerant plant; will flop in shade or too much moisture; cut back by half in late spring to reduce flopping; spreads by seed to form dense stands


Recommended For:

  • Bioretention and Rain Gardens

This plant prefers that the level of moisture in your soil be: Average or Dry

This plant prefers Sand or Loam or Clay soil.

This plant DOES have a salt tolerance.


Bloom and Interest Season:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Plant Form

clump-forming warm-season native grass; upright to somewhat vase-shaped

Foliage

narrow, thin blue-green to gray-green leaves; excellent orange, red, gold, or tan fall color; medium-fine texture

Flowers

reddish racemes at ends of slender peduncles; September; seed heads fluffy, white, and curled; remain through winter months

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