Little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, is a finely-textured prairie grass with blue-green foliage that turns a rosy rust in fall. Purplish bronze seedheads rise to about 2 feet high in late summer and persist in silvery colors through winter. It was one of the dominant grasses of mixed grass prairies, native to meadows, open woods, roadsides and even waste areas but it works well in even the most formal settings. It can handle high heat and humidity and even dry clay but may flop in overly wet or rich soils. Little bluestem requires little maintenance other than cutting back in early spring. Some consider its bronze-orange fall foliage to be its most outstanding ornamental feature, but it truly is a plant for all seasons.

* Native plant recommendations from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, plantnebraska.org

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