- Common Name(s):
- Little bluestem, Prairie beard grass, Prairie beardgrass
- Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
A native ornamental grass with attractive blue-green foliage in the Poaceae family. Purplish bronze seed heads and yellow-orange leaves make for great fall intrest in the landscape. It is attractive planted en masse and would make an excellent addtion to a rain garden. It preforms best in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. However it does tolerate a wide range of soil conditions including infertility and clay. It has drought resistance once established. It is well-adapted to southern climates as it tolerates high heat and humidity. Cut back to the ground in early spring to promote new attractive growth.
Little Bluestem is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow to 5 feet. The leaves and stems frequently have a bluish cast in summer, while the fall color is a very warm copper that does not fade throughout winter.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Leaves: Summer/Fall/Winter; Bloom: Late Summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter
Wildlife Value: Deer resistance is high. Provides excellent cover year round. Host plant for Common Wood-Nymph and various skipper species of butterfly. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.
Insects, Diseses and Other Plant Problems: This plant suffers with too much mulch near the crown.
- Summer, Fall, Winter
- Full to part sun
- 2-5 ft.
- Flower Color:
- Upright clump
- Tolerates a wide range
- Purplish bronze
NCCES plant id: 3163