The Blues Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium) is an outstanding form of native Little Bluestem with cool blue-green leaves in summer. Foliage turns to a beautiful dusky purple in fall, then to a deep gold in winter. 'The Blues' is an excellent ornamental grass for xeric gardens that mixes beautifully with colorful native perennials.

Common Name

The Blues Little Bluestem

Botanical Name

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color


Mature Height

24-48" tall

Mature Spread

18-24" wide

Bloom Time

Late summer to fall

Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil

Soil Moisture

Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average, Well Draining

Amount Of Rain

20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"


Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Native, Low Maintenance, Great For Mass Plantings, Winter Interest, Good For Erosion Control

Ideal Region

Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fall


Little Bluestem