little bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium

Little bluestem is native to Iowa's prairies. It is attractive through the seasons and drought tolerant. Color of the native species varies, with some plants having more blue-red coloring than others.

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Little bluestem 'Blaze.' Reiman Gardens, Ames. 23 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial

Origin: native

Height: 2-5 feet

Hardiness: zone 3

Habit: clumping

Moisture: tolerates drought

Propagation: seed, division

Light: full sun

Flowering: July-September

Uses: specimen and larger plantings, fresh and dried flowers

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Little bluestem 'Blaze.' Reiman Gardens, Ames. 23 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

 

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