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Schizachyrium scoparium

Little bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium is a grass native throughout the southeast. It is common across the region and grows in a wide range of habitats. It grows best in full sun sites with soils that are moist to dry. The foliage on this plant is a bluish green in the spring and summer (hence the common name of Little bluestem), and turns a reddish brown in the fall/winter. It is an important host plant to several native butterfly species. Fluffy seed heads mature in the fall and are attractive to birds. Schizachyrium scoparium works well as a specimen plant in a yard or rain garden, or for use in restoration plantings.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request

Plant type

  • Grass / Grasslike

Mature Height

  • Up to 6'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FAC) Facultative upland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Upland
  • Slope
  • Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Erosion Control
  • Rain Garden
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration