Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium Scoparium

Little Bluestem is an iconic warm season grass of the prairie habitat that is commonly used in both landscaping and restoration projects. In a garden setting, 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. The grass gets fluffy white seed heads that also adds seasonal interest. Some gardeners choose to remove the seed fluff to control the spread of young seedlings.
Little Bluestem is an excellent plant for wildlife. The caterpillars of several skippers feed on the foliage, including Dusted Skipper, Cobweb SkipperOttoe SkipperIndian SkipperSwarthy Skipper, and the Crossline Skipper. Other insects that feed on Little Bluestem include grasshoppers, Prairie Walkingsticks, the leaf-mining beetles, thrips, spittlebugs, and leafhoppers. The seeds of this grass are eaten by songbirds.

Other names for this plant include Andropogon scoparius and Beardgrass.

 

General Information:

Mature Height:  3-4 Feet
Mature Width:  

Flower Color:  Green-Brown
Fall Color:  N/A

Soil Type:

Dry, Mesic, Wet

Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Period:

July–August

Attracts:

    butterflies

Pair With:

Smooth Blue Aster

Pale Purple Coneflower