Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium Scoparium) is a native warm season prairie grass, with blue-green stems that grow 2'–4' tall by September. Leaves turn coppery red after the first frost. Color persists through the winter, along with its white seed tufts, which appear in late summer or early autumn. The seeds are valued by small songbirds for winter sustenance and the foliage is a host for caterpillars, walking-sticks and grasshoppers early in the year.

A deep root system allows it to tolerate a range of moisture conditions and soil types, espeically dry, poor or disturbed sites. It is good for mixed garden planting, planting en masse or for use in restoration projects. This prairie grass requires full sun to maintain its upright habit and may flop with excessive water, shade or soil fertility.

In early Spring, the Little Bluestem should be cut back to the ground, allowing new for growth. There are many culvitars available, featuring various heights, fall foliage color and form and they include Prairie Blues, Standing Ovation and The Blues.  

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