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Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Mid-sized grass brings burgundy accent to fall season.

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  • Warm Winter Color
  • Summer Blue-Green Color
  • Highly ornamental
  • Seeds Feed Birds

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

A lovely blue-green hue in its warm season growth period, Little Bluestem goes red-stemmed after the first frost. It creates a most striking effect as the winter sun shines through the fluffy white seed heads, looking as if bubbles were caught in thevertical bronzed stems. Birds will appreciate the winter food they find in the seed heads.

Common Names Little Bluestem
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs 10-15 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Prairies, hills, open woodlands, all across the northern and western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Part Shade
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Naturalized grass "drifts," Perennial borders, winter accent highlights.
Mature Height 2 - 4 ft.
Mature Width 24 in.
Group Spacing 20-36 in.
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Mow to 3" in late winter to revitalize.
Wildlife Birds
Wildlife Notes Seeds provide winter food for birds.
Plants Symbol SCSC
Lewis & Clark No

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