Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem Grass

It typically matures to 2-4’ (less frequently to 5’) tall, and features upright clumps of slender, flat, linear green leaves (to 1/4“wide), with each leaf having a tinge of blue at the base. Purplish-bronze flowers appear in 3” long racemes on branched stems rising above the foliage in August. Flowers are followed by clusters of fluffy, silvery-white seed heads which are attractive and often persist into winter. Many consider the most outstanding ornamental feature of this grass to be its bronze-orange fall foliage color.

Native
Range: Eastern North America

Zone:
3 to 9

Height:
2.00 to 4.00 feet

Spread:
1.50 to 2.00 feet

Bloom
Time: August to February

Bloom
Description: Purplish bronze

Sun:
Full sun

Water:
Dry to medium

Maintenance:
Low

Suggested
Use: Rain Garden

Flower:
Insignificant

Leaf:
Good Fall

Other:
Winter Interest

Tolerate:
Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut,
Air Pollution