Blaze Little Bluestem Grass

Schizachyrium scoparium
Size: #1
2-3 feet high x 8-10 inches wide
Zone 4
Full Sun


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Little Bluestem is a drought tolerant warm season native grass that blooms from summer to fall—a  foundation grass in the Great and High Plains. Form is a basal cluster of short blades followed by an 18 inch to 3 foot tower depending upon water amount. Fluffy russet seed heads ripen in fall above foliage that also takes on burgundy color through winter. Blaze is greener in summer and more russet red in winter than the species. Height is 2 to 3 feet.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.