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Schizachyrium scoparium

Native Plants

Little Bluestem

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Possessing heat and drought tolerance, minimal nutrient needs, fall color, and winter interest, little bluestem makes a wonderful addition to the garden. Little bluestem is a clumping warm season grass with blue-green to green foliage. Reaching 2-4’ tall, this adaptable grass will grow in any site except wet or extremely acidic soils or in deep shade. Turning tawny-burgundy in autumn, Schizachyrium scoparium has an extended season of interest into winter with silvery-white seed tufts along the stem. The movement and fine texture of little bluestem complements large composite flowers like Coreopsis tripteris, Echinacea pallida, Silphium mohrii and Symphyotrichium oblongifolium.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable, alkaline 
  • Flower Color
    brown, purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    blue-green, green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    brown, multi-color, purple, red, tan 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, white 

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