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, tolerates poor soils including clay, prefers slightly to moderately alkaline pH.  2-4 feet height, blooms in spring, tiny white inconspicuous flowers, will re-seed.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm season, clump-forming grass that is easy to grow.  It was an important native American prairie grass. Attractive grass for the home landscape.  Has a bluish cast in summer as suggested by the name and turns orange, red in fall.  Great grass for mass plantings.  Roots extend 5-8 feet below ground, making it very resistant to drought.  Benefits from an annual mowing.  Attracts birds.

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