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     Grasses often add a wispy, natural tone to native gardens, and one of the easiest for just about any landscape is Little Bluestem.  It looks great en masse and likewise does a nice job staying put as a single specimen.


     With Little Bluestem, gardens come to life.  Not only is Little Bluestem a larval host for the Crossline Skipper, which feeds only on grasses and is recommended for conservation status, but about a dozen other lepidoptera depend on this grass as a food source.  You'll also find songbirds scrounging for its seeds.


     Fun fact: Little Bluestem was the Perennial Plant Association's Perennial of the Year for 2022, described as: "an ever-changing kaleidoscope of gray-green, blue, pink, purple, copper, mahogany, red, and orange tones."


Little Bluestem

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    • Latin: Schizachyrium scoparium
    • Pollinator Value: High
    • Height: 2-4 feet tall and wide
    • Spacing: 2-3 feet
    • Light: Full sun
    • Soil: Medium to dry
    • Bloom: Purple/bronze racimes in August;
    • Leaf: Bluish in summer; warm orange-yellow fall persisting hrough winter
    • Maintenance: Cut to ground in early spring to promote new growth
    • Landscape: Butterfly, native, pollinator gardens; provides year-round cover for wildlife
    • Native range and additional information here
    • Photo: Matt Lavin
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