Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem

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.