Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Blue, Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

24 to
36
inches

Spread:

12 to
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
36
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
This is an excellent short grass for the garden. Use freely in sunny borders, native plant gardens, naturalized areas, prairies and meadows. Excellent in massed plantings. Provides food and cover for wildlife.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in dry to moderate soil moisture in full sun. Tolerates heat and humidity easily.
Special Features
Special Usage
Dried Flower, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

A small, non-spreading, clump-forming grass with blue-green leaves that turn reddish orange in the fall. Fluffy silver seed heads are ornamental through winter.

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