Blaze Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blaze’)

Blaze Little Bluestem Grass

A super showy fall favorite, save room for Blaze Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blaze’) because this Ornamental Grass has a few visual tricks up its sleeve! Like most Bluestems, it develops a strong, upright form and delivers an erect, vertical punch in the landscape!

In spring, you’ll appreciate the light blue new growth. Then, during the heat of summer, its blue-green foliage reads as a cool accent. Once the temperatures dip starting in fall, you’ll truly understand why we recommend making room in your landscape. The finely-textured foliage turns a dramatic purple and pink, before transforming into a blaze of orange, and red! The color transition just has to be seen to be believed! Finally, the brilliant fall color mellows in winter to a warm pink, which helps brighten the snowy landscape along with its fluffy seedheads for winter interest.

This low-maintenance warm-season grass covers everything in the book. Drought and deer tolerant, it tolerates close proximity to black walnuts. It actually prefers to be grown in poor soils and is cold hardy to USDA growing zone 3 all the way up to zone 9. Nothing seems to faze this easy care selection!

Planting and Application:

This is a perfect Ornamental Grass for low hedges, seasonal screening, and as a native cultivar mass planting in a modern landscape. Especially useful where space is at a premium because this is a smaller, space-saving variety. It makes a big impression, without too much of an impact on available space.

Ideally, you’ll want to site Blaze Little Bluestem so you can see it from a window. You’ll love the fluffy seed heads and how it ripples in the wind, bringing movement and sound elements. And you definitely won’t want to miss the magic color show. Get your hands on enough to create groupings in multiples of 3, 5, 7, or 9 to start your modern native installation.

  • Fabulous Color Through All Seasons
  • Blue New Growth Ages & Changes Color
  • Brings Movement to the Landscape
  • Fluffy Seed Heads Add Winter Interest
  • Perfect When Massed in a Xeric Planting

Tips for Care:

Wonderfully cold and heat-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 10, Little Bluestem Ornamental Grasses do best in well-drained soil with full sun. Regarding soil quality, you don’t have to pamper this pretty grass! It does well in almost any well-drained soil. It does well when cut back heavily in late winter or early spring and appreciates being divided every 3-5 years to maintain vigor. Be patient with warm-season grasses because they will take a bit longer to green up in the spring, but then holds strong and steady all summer through winter.

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Average to Low Moisture & Well-Drained Soil
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Very Heat & Cold Hardy & Drought-Tolerant

Color-changing chameleon, the Blaze Little Bluestem Ornamental Grass will offer something new for your landscape all year round!

Blaze Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Blaze’) Details

Common name Blaze Little Bluestem Grass
Botanical name Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 3-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 1 - 2 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring