Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

$9.00 | DP-50 | 50 Avail. | $115.31

DP-50 Weight: 25.0 lb

$9.00 | 18-CT FLAT | 110 Avail. | $81.00

18-CT FLAT Weight: 25.0 lb

$9.00 | 1 G | 1250 Avail. | $9.00

1 G Weight: 25.0 lb

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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.


Orn. Grass


2’ - 4'


1.5' - 2'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9


 Full Sun

Bloom Color: 


Season of Interest: 

Summer, FallYear-Round

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

LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group PlantingsBordersNaturalized AreasWoodland GardenRock GardensNative Gardens, Groundcover, and Containers.

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

Image: Chhe, SchizachyriumScoparium.



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