Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loam-Clay
Height: 2 - 3 feet
Spread: 2 - 3 feet
Blooms: July, August, September, October
Root: Fibrous, Rhizome
Habitat: Prairies, Savannas, Open woodlands, Woodland borders, Sandy Shores, Dunes
Landscape uses: Pollinator garden, Meadow planting, Naturalization, Drought Tolerant
Complimentary Plants: Butterfly Milkweed, Pearly Everlasting, Nodding Onion,
Wildlife Value: Several insects feed on this prairie grass. Host Plant: Dusted Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Ottoe Skipper, Indian Skipper, Swarthy Skipper, and the Crossline Skipper.
Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Germination Code: A
Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem
Little Bluestem is an iconic warm season grass of the tall grass prairie ecosystem. It is commonly used in landscaping and restoration projects. In the garden, Little Bluestem is valued for its blue-green color in the summer and, after the first frost, it turns beautiful shades of brown, copper, and crimson that will remain all winter. This grass also forms fluffy white seed heads that adds seasonal interest.