Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' Little Bluestem
Little Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'
This is an excellent native grass for the garden. It is an upright, clump-forming grass with slender, blue-green leaves. The foliage turns a striking red-orange in the fall, excellent in massed plantings or mixed with other native grasses and wildflowers. Fluffy silver seed heads bloom in late summer or early fall and are ornamental through winter.
Uniquely colorful fall foliage, nice in dried arrangements
Provides nest sites, cover and food for birds
Attracts butterflies, host plant for many skippers
Easy to grow, deer resistant
Drought resistant once established in landscape
Prairies, fields, open woodlands and roadsides; New Brunswick to Alberta south to Arizona and Florida.
Little bluestem's root system is deep and fibrous. Individual roots are relatively fine but most roots grow almost vertically downward to depths comparable to shade trees. This is one of the reasons why it is so drought tolerant.
Easy to grow in full sun. Grow in dry to average soil. Tolerates heat and humidity easily. Watering or fertilization is actually detrimental; best left to it's own devices! Leave foliage in place for winter interest and to provide homes for over-wintering critters. Cut back to the ground in late winter before new growth begins.