Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

The Blues Little Bluestem

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Little bluestem occurs in every state except Oregon and Nevada. It is a wonderful colorful grass that grows to about 3 feet tall. It works easily into your natural prairie planting or grouped with other perennials in full sun. It also has wonderful green, blue, and later red coloring in the leaves. Fall seed stalks are fluffy white and delicate-perfect for backlighting. This variety, ‘The Blues’, has bright, upright clumps of blue/green leaves and pink tinged stems. It's leaves turn burgundy in the fall. This is a lovely grass for a dry, sunny place. It does not like moist or fertile soil so pair it up with other tough, drought tolerant plants like coneflowers, asters, and black-eyed Susans.



Roof Garden

Showy Berry Fruit

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture                 

Easy to grow


Semi Evergreen

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass or grass-like

Light Exposure

Full sun

Soil Condition

Average, Clay, Sandy

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


36 or taller

Flower Color

Mauve, Tan, Brown

Bloom Time

Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall  



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9