Schizachyrium scoparium / Little Bluestem


A warm season bunchgrass with green, blue, copper, red, and bronze tones to its foliage. Especially beautiful in fall and winter. Excellent in sandy and other well-drained soils. Spreads colonially in the right conditions. Winter interest. Deer resistant.

Host plant powerhouse! This plant hosts the following butterflies: Arogos Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Delaware Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Indian Skipper, Leonard’s Skipper, and Swarthy Skipper.

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Height: 2′-3′

Siting: Well-drained soil, sun to part sun

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Schizachyrium scoparium Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Arogos Skipper
Cobweb Skipper
Crossline Skipper
Delaware Skipper
Dusted Skipper
Indian Skipper
Leonard’s Skipper
Swarthy Skipper

Additional information


Quart, Cube, Three inch pot, Quart