Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius)

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, adaptable to a wide range of soils including clay, prefers a slightly alkaline pH.  2-4 feet height, blooms mid to late summer, brown flowers, will naturalize by re-seeding but is not aggressive.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm-season, clump-forming grass.  Easy to grow. Very well adapted to well-drained, medium to dry, infertile soils.  In summer it has a bluish cast and then turns a reddish to golden brown in fall, holding its color well into winter.  Useful in ornamental plantings and is becoming more popular for home landscaping because it is a colorful and easy-care addition.  Attracts birds and butterflies.

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