Schizachyrium scoparium
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Height: 2-4 feet; 0.6-1.2 metres Spread: 1.5-2 feet; 0.45-0.6 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Medium to dry Wildlife: Skipper caterpillars, grasshoppers, small beetles and, leafhoppers feed on the foliage of this plant. Songbirds such as Field Sparrows and Tree Sparrows feed on the seeds. Bloom Colour: Purple/Reddish brown Tolerates: Drought Culture: Prefers medium moisture to dry soil that is less fertile. Little Bluestem will adapt to various soil types such as gravel, loamy, or sandy soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: This grass has tan to red-brown culms with alternate leaves that tend to occur near the lower section of the culms. Both the leaves and the leaf sheaths are green to blue in colour. The plant has swollen and reddish nodes. The fertile culms produce racemes of spikelets and later, hairy, white seed heads develop.