Schizachyrium scoparium

Common name: Little Bluestem

Native plant

One of the most well know of all prairie grasses and with good reason. It is beautiful. The color, the height, its durability, and form all set this grass in the top handful of grasses that cross the native/ornamental threshold with style. In nature you’ll find it on well-drained sites of all kinds from sand and gravel soils to the tops of mesic hill prairie sites. In the garden it will do fine on most sites that are not too wet and don't get a lot of snow piling. One of the most effective uses I’ve seen is in a parking lot where thousands of plants line the hot expanse and look great doing it.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color

Green White

Fall color

Yellow Orange Purple


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

Additional information

Loved by birds

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