Schizachyrium scoparium ~ Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

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Little Bluestem is a native  grass with upright slender leaves with a blue tinge at the base.  Tiny purple-brown flowers rise high above the foliage on stems in late summer and are followed by fluffy white seed heads that persist through winter.  The foliage has excellent bronze-orange fall color. Grows best in full sun and well-drained soils.  Drought tolerant once established.

Schizachyrium scoparium is a native host plant for 6 different skippers:  the Ottoe, Indian, Crossline, Dusted, Cobweb, and Dixie skipper.  The seeds are eaten by small birds.

Type: 

Orn. Grass

Origins:

N. America; GA Native

Height: 

2’ - 4'

Spread: 

1.5' - 2'

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9

Culture: 

Full Sun

Bloom Color: 

Brown

Season of Interest: 

Summer, Fall Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low maintenance plant.  Cut to ground late winter or early spring.

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings Borders Naturalized Areas Woodland Garden Rock Gardens Native Gardens, Groundcover, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Tickseed, Joe-Pye Weed, Sea Holly

IMAGE:  Chhe, SchizachyriumScoparium.

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