Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

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Binomial

Schizachyrium scoparium

This is an ornamental, clump-forming grass. Ours have a faded denim color when growing and are showiest from early July through October. In fall and winter, they turn reddish brown and are very attractive. Little bluestem is a valuable forage grass and is one of the most widespread prairie plants in Missouri. It is easy to grow in most soil types and easily tolerates periods of drought. Several types of insects feed on little bluestem foliage, including skipper butterflies and walking sticks, which in turn attract insect-eating birds.

Uses: ornamental grass, quail, fall color, drought tolerant, deer tolerant, insects

Bloom time:  August

Height: 2 to 4 feet
Space: 12 to 18 inches

Sunlight: Full sun to light shade
Moisture: Dry to average
 
Seed
  • 16,250 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 400 square feet
  • 6 pounds per acre

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