Zone Map 3-9

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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Early Fall


  • Native to North America
  • Notable Fall Color
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Erosion control
  • Green Roofs
  • Meadow/Prairie Plantings


  • Grow in 1, 2 or 3 gallon
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep evenly moist, not wet
  • Fertilizing: use a slow-release, medium-rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, mealybugs, leaf spot, spidermites, spittlebugs
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly; do not overwater
  • Too much fertilizer, too much water and insufficient sun can cause floppy growth
  • If cutting back this plant, do so early in the growing season to allow time for new growth to mature.

*Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.


  • Ornamental-looking native
  • Beautiful fall color
  • Multi-colored foliage throughout growing season
  • Habit remains upright throughout winter
  • Good height for foreground sweeps
  • Low maintenance and drought resistant
  • Thrives in poor soil, but will tolerate more nutrients than other Little Bluestem cultivars

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