Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal'

Little Bluestem

Photo courtesy of Prides Corner Farms

  • Blue-green foliage turns red in late summer and purple in the fall
  • Seed heads are of interest to birds for feeding and nesting
  • Great in mass planting or as an accent plant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Great Foliage
Great Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Mass Planting
No Fertilizing
No Fertilizing

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Prefers full sun.  Easy to grow.  Drought toleant.  Cut back grass in late fall or early spring 4-6" above groung level.

Height: 36 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Spacing: 24 in
Price Level 1: $24.99~#2
Bloom Color: Non-Flowering
Zone: 3

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Mass Planting
  • No Fertilizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • Fall Color
  • Focal Point
  • Garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Native

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Foliage Color:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Purple

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Fall

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water