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Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius)

Little Bluestem is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow to 5 feet. The leaves and stems frequently have a bluish cast in summer, while the fall color is a very warm copper that does not fade throughout winter.


Provides excellent cover year round. Host plant for Common Wood-Nymph and various skipper species of butterfly. Seed are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.

Plant Type Grass
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance High
Regions Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Late Summer, Fall
Seed Times Fall, Winter
Wildlife Value Winter Cover, Seed or Nut, Butterfly Larvae Host
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