Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Blue Stem, fall

Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem Grass

A beloved Missouri native grass, Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, forms upright clumps of slender green leaves that are tinged blue at the base. Purplish flowers appear in 3″ long racemes in August. Fluffy, silvery-white seed heads follow and persist into winter. In fall, its foliage turns an outstanding bronze-orange. Easy to grow in full sun and average to poor soil. Deer resistant.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Schizachyrium scoparium

Common Name

Little Bluestem Grass

Bloom Color

Tan

Bloom Time

Late Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

24-48″

Width

18-24″

Uses

Beds, Erosion Control, Naturalize, Rain Gardens

Resistance

Black Walnut, Deer, Drought, Erosion

Soil

Average, Dry, Poor, Rocky

Water Needs

Average, Low

Zone

3-9

Plant Type

Grass