Schizachyrium scoparium /Little Blue Stem

Schizachyrium scoparium  / Schizachyrium scoparium
Red color late in the year
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Red color late in the year

Late summer just before foliage begins to turn blood red

Summer foliage with a hint of red showing in late August

Close-up image of a clump of little blue stem grass

A clump of the grass in the summer

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Scientific Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
Common Name: Little Blue Stem
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Several hundred slender stems emerge from a central crown that make up a heavy clump. The foliage is bluish green and turns rusty colored in late autumn. Grasses can grow in relatively shallow, infertile soils in full sunlight.