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Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium Scoparium

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Little Bluestem, scientifically known as Schizachyrium Scoparium, is a native North American prairie grass celebrated for its stunning ornamental qualities and ecological significance. This warm-season grass boasts a striking combination of fine blue-green foliage and a mesmerizing display of autumnal colors, making it an ideal addition to gardens, landscapes, and naturalized areas. As a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plant, Little Bluestem is not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly, attracting pollinators and providing habitat for local wildlife.


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Tolerates clay soils and occasional inundation. Performs well in poor soils. Good drought resistance once established. Tolerates high heat and humidity. Cut to the ground in late winter to early spring. Plant in full sun to avoid flopping late in the season.


Typical Uses:

  • Garden Borders: Little Bluestem is a superb choice for garden borders, where it creates a captivating contrast with colorful flowering perennials.
  • Ornamental Landscapes: It shines in ornamental landscapes and mixed plantings, contributing a touch of elegance and rustic charm.
  • Erosion Control: The deep root system of Little Bluestem helps prevent soil erosion, making it an excellent choice for stabilizing slopes and embankments.
  • Wildlife Habitat: This grass attracts butterflies and birds, serving as both a food source and a habitat in naturalized areas.

Establishment and Care Instructions:

  • Planting: Little Bluestem can be grown from seed or as potted plants. Choose a well-draining soil, and space them 12-18 inches apart. Plant in early spring or late summer for best results.
  • Sunlight: This grass thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Watering: Little Bluestem is exceptionally drought-tolerant once established. Water regularly during the first growing season, and reduce watering as the plant matures.
  • Pruning: In late winter or early spring, cut back the previous year’s growth to encourage fresh, vigorous growth.
  • Fertilization: Little Bluestem generally doesn’t require heavy fertilization. A light application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring can suffice.

Special Features and Usage:

  • Stunning Fall Color: Little Bluestem’s foliage transforms into brilliant shades of copper, bronze, and deep red in the autumn, creating a captivating spectacle.
  • Low Maintenance: As a native grass, Little Bluestem is exceptionally hardy and requires minimal maintenance once established.
  • Wildlife Attraction: It provides food and shelter for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, making it a valuable addition to any ecological garden.
  • Seasonal Interest: From its delicate, airy seed heads in summer to its vivid fall foliage, Little Bluestem offers year-round interest in your landscape.
  • Drought Tolerance: This grass is resilient in dry conditions, making it a sustainable choice for water-conscious gardening.
Light Requirement

Full Sun

Soil Moisture

Well Drained


Spring, Winter




1 Gallon


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