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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 (Schizachyrium scoparium) 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, Little bluestem 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 tall tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris), pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Mohr’s rosinweed (Silphium mohrii), and aromatic aster (Symphyotrichium oblongifolium). Zones 3-9. 

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • 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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