Schizachyrium scoparium Shining Starô

Little Bluestem

$17.95 ea. (3+ discount) $17.50 ea.

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A variegated Little Bluestem! Cream & green foliage blushes pink with cooler temps. This North American native ornamental grass with its deep root system is an ideal erosion control for slopes or banks. Bird friendly, the wispy seed heads attract songbirds in fall and the dense foliage mounds provide shelter and nesting material in spring. The feathery inflorescences are held upright and do not lodge. Audubon touts Little Bluestem as a living bird feeder and their recommendation to ďGo NativeĒ will attract the greatest variety and abundance of birds to your home gardens. For more information, visit our Useful Links page for Native Plants - Audubonís suggested plants for bird habitat support. Schizachyrium Shining Starís superior attributes continue with its tolerance to road salt and ability to thrive in heat and humidity combined with its success in a wide range of soil conditions.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Medium 15-18" (30" in flower)
Spacing: Plant 2' apart
Bloom Time: Late Summer to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-10   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Not Applicable
Patent: Pending
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Schizachyrium General Information

Schizachyrium are North American natives valued for their winter color and interest. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Schizachyrium Plant Care

Prefers dry, not especially fertile soil. Does not tolerate wet soils. Can be divided in spring when needed. Cut back in early spring leaving 3-4" of previous years growth. Will self sow.