Named 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year®, Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) selections display a kaleidoscope of color across the season. Mature seed heads sparkle in the sunlight, and their winter structure makes the dormant landscape more interesting. Like many of our native, warm-season grasses, this group is tough, adaptable, and drought tolerant.
This native prairie grass grows in a loose bunch with flowering stems that grow straight up out of the foliage. A medley of greens, blues and purples turn to multi-reds and orange hues in fall. Produces downy, white seeds. Develops deep, fibrous roots, which helps with drought tolerance and soil retention. Thrives in full sun; tolerates poor soil and provides winter interest.