Little Bluestem Ornamental Grass



Botanical Name:  Schizachyrium scoparium

Common Name:  ‘Little Bluestem’ grass

Description:  This perennial Texas native grass has absolutely gorgeous bluish-green fine-textured foliage that grows 1-2′ tall x 2′ wide and turns mahogany-red in the fall with cottony-white seed heads that also show up in the fall. The seed head stems add another 1-2′ of height, but it’s a see-through height, so it’s ok if in front of other plants. The foliage makes a cool winter statement cause it doesn’t die back, but continues standing until you cut it back in late winter. Likes full to part sun and is drought tolerant after becoming established. It’ll get floppy if it’s in too much shade and is given too much water. Doesn’t like wet soils. It’s the host plant for these butterflies and moths:  Ottoe Skipper, Indian Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Cobweb butterfly, and Dixie skipper. Birds and other critters love the seeds and they, along with native bees, also use the foliage for nesting material. Looks gorgeous either planted in masses or as specimen grasses. Can be grown either in containers or in the ground. Likes to reseed itself.

The 1-gallon container plants are 8-15″ tall not including the container.

Hardiness Zones 4 – 10



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