Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal'

  • AKA Andropogon scoparius 'Smoke Signal'
  • A refined version of the native cultivar
  • Foliage takes on scarlet-red tones in late summer, turning deeper red-purple in fall
  • Tiny tan seeds heads appear in early fall
  • Maintains a sturdy upright habit through the fall without flopping
  • Bloom time: Late summer
  • Flower height: 120cm
  • Foliage height : 90cm
  • Grass type: Warm Season



90-120 cm

45-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in an average well-drained soil, in full sun, tolerating drought, once established. Thrives in summer heat and humidity. Plants should be cut back in early spring to make way for new growth. Too much moisture or too fertile a soil will cause flowers to fall over, creating a messy look. Best used in masses, to wave in breezes.

Additional Notes about Little Bluestem:

Warm Season Grasse: 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.