Little Bluestem Details

Little Bluestem

  • Botanical Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Border - Mixed, Deer Resistant
  • Ornamental Value: Blue, Green
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Birds, Butterflies,
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Bushy, Upright
  • Plant Spread: 2'
  • Plant Height: 2' - 4'


Most wide-ranging bunchgrass in the state, a dominant of the tallgrass, midgrass, and shortgrass prairie. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils and drought. Little Bluestem provides a symphony of beautiful color changes throughout the year, moving from blue-green to coppery gold in the fall. Tight bunchgrass with blue-tinted foliage, fall feathers, and vertical cinnamon winter color. No landscape irrigation needed. Mixes well with native perennial flowers.

Little Bluestem Photos