Schizachyrium scoparium 'Shining Star'

Little Blue Stem

Photo courtesy of Prides Corner Farms

  • Variegated foliage; green with white edge
  • Foliage appears blue in the light
  • Foliage turns red in the fall
  • Tall seed heads loved by birds
Border or Bed
Border or Bed
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Great Foliage
Great Foliage
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Feed yearly with an organic fertilizer. Cut back to 3" in late winter before spring flush.

Height: 15-18 in
Spread: 12-24 in
Price Level 1: $29.99~#2
Bloom Color: Non-Flowering
Zone: 4-9

Additional Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Mass Planting
  • Garden
  • Container
  • Low Maintenance
  • Great Foliage
  • No Fertilizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Ornamental Grass
  • Native
  • Focal Point
  • Border or Bed
  • Fall Color
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Salt Tolerant

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • White
  • Burgundy
  • Variegated
  • Blue

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Summer

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Dry Soil