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Little Bluestem

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Schizachyrium scparium

Flower Description:

Flowering occurs in late summer into early autumn. They tiny, green to white flowers occur on spikes. The flowers are wind pollinated.

Season BloomJune - December
HabitatVery ornamental bunchgrass with fine-textured foliage that forms very dense mounds 18-24 inches tall. Slender blue-green stems reach 3' tall by September, and become radiant mahogany-red with white, shining seed tufts in the fall. Color remains nearly all winter. The seeds, fuzzy white at maturity, are of particular value to small birds in winter. Larval Host to Ottoe Skipper, Indian Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Dusted Sipper, Cobweb Butterfly, Dixie Skipper. Deer resistant. Good drought tolerance.
Leaf DescriptionThe alternate leaves are 1/4" wide and 10-14" long. Foliage color can be varied, with some plants being more green and other more blue-green. Fall color can also vary from orange to bronze to reddish. The fall color is usually very good.
Soil Type Dry
Light Source Partial Shade, Sun