Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius)

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius)

One of the most popular ornamental prairie grasses. Little Bluestem has blue-hued leaves in early summer, changing to a warm shade of copper in fall. The seed heads are little white puffs that cover the top and blow gently in the wind. They form a stiff column of colorful stems in fall that stand up throughout winter, providing year-round color.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry
Height:    3 feet
Blooms:    Aug, Sept, Oct
Color:    Blue, Red-Bronze
Spacing:    18″
Zones:    3-10
Benefits:    Ornamental, Butterflies, Pollinators, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

The seed stems on Little Bluestem grow into tight, colorful columns in fall. These columns add a nice touch when scattered in a garden or placed in a drift through the middle of a garden. This grass tends to spread by seed.

Companion Plants

Nodding Onion
Pale Purple Coneflower
Butterfly Milkweed
Prairie Dropseed