We grow one species of Schizachyrium, the North American native Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as Little Bluestem. The foliage of this natural beauty adds a kaleidoscope of pastel colors in summer and coppery tones in fall.
Schizachyrium is tough and adaptable, tolerant of a range of moisture conditions from average to nearly arid. It is able to grow on both acidic and alkaline soils. They establish quickly on disturbed soils—perfect for banks, slopes, and restorations. They also shine in meadows, prairies, and mixed plantings. Little Bluestem also provides food and shelter for wildlife, including birds and butterflies.
Little Bluestem requires nearly full sun for upright growth and looks best when cut back in early spring, allowing new leaf blades to fill in. Shade, excess fertility, and too much moisture will all contribute to lax, floppy growth. It is quite hardy, extending from Zones 3-9.