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Andropogon scoparius

Andropogon scoparius - Little Bluestem

More About Andropogon scoparius

  • AKA Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Slightly arching clump of blue-green leaves
  • Slender blue-green stems in the summer mature to showy shades of red or purple
  • Fuzzy white seed heads
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 120 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100 cm
  • Bloom Time: Late summer into winter
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.



80-120 cm


50-70 cm

Little Bluestem Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun, tolerating drought, once established. Thrives in summer heat and humidity. This plant should be cut back in the spring to make way for new growth.  

Andropogon scoparius Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils


Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall

Landscape uses

Foundation planting

 Suitable Substitutions for Andropogon scoparius