Zone Map 3-8

Growth Cycle

Growth Cycle - Warm Growth Cycle - Warm Warm
Bloom: Bloom Season Scale
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Late Summer


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


  • Growth rate: medium
  • Grow in 1 or 2 gallon (could work in larger, but would take longer to fill out)
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Water needs: keep moist, but on the drier side
  • Fertilizing: use a slow release, low-medium rate fertilizer
  • Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, spidermites, spittlebugs
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, keep dry (do not overwater)
  • Avoid over watering and over fertilizing.

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


  • An upright, no-flop Little Bluestem
  • Beautiful when massed in groups
  • Spectacular in large decorative urns
  • Tolerates regular garden soil and more water than the species
  • Sturdy foliage adds texture and interest
  • Low-maintenance, no-fuss native grass
  • Beautiful blue foliage and spectacular fall color
  • Great addition to meadows
  • Offers food and shelter to song birds

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