Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem
Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Deciduous

Overall Mature Size

Small

Also Grown As

Bush

Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 1-2′

Native To

North America

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Bloom Time

Summer

Special Features

Drought Resistant, Deer Resistant, Fall Colors

Container Sizes

#1

Natural Growth Habit

Upright

Sunset Garden Zones

1-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

4A-9B

Moderate-growing perennial grass to 2-3’ tall x 1-2’ wide. This North America native features upright to slightly-arching foliage that varies in color from green to blue in summer, to shades of muted-red and bronze in the cool of fall and winter. Numerous seed-head spikes rise above the grassy foliage in late-summer eventually maturing to a silvery-tone. This species is tough and adaptable, has few known pests or diseases, and is drought-tolerant once well-established, though a more robust specimen is achieved with moderate watering. Prune down to 3-4” in early-spring to promote a healthy new flush of spring foliage. Prefers a well-drained soil and thrives in a full sun exposure. Deer resistant.

USDA Zone: 4A-9B
Sunset Zone: 1-24

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