Little Blue stem is a warm season grass native to prairies. You will find it in fields and ditches throughout the northeast. It is a wonderful addition to any prairie garden. Grass need to be added to prairie gardens to help complete the habitat. Many meadow plants naturally grow with grasses. They help to keep the flowering plants upright when in bloom.
Little blue Stem grows from 2 to 4 feet and this will vary depending on where it is planted. It is a fine textured bunching or clumping grass that forms dense mounds. In the summer the grass is bluish green but come September it has a purplish hue.
Little Blue Stem is a larval has for various skippers and makes a great companion for Summer Phlox, Showy Goldenrod, Stiff Goldenrod, Bee Balm, Black Eyed Susan, Asters and other grasses.
Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Blue Stem Grass
-Grows from 2 to 3 feet high
-Foliage turns purplish in fall
-Host plant for various skippers
-Naturally grows in prairies in full sun
-Zone: 3 to 9