Chameleon Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Chameleon’)

Chameleon Little Bluestem

Chameleon Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Chameleon’) is a color-changing little wonder! Chameleon’s narrow leaves emerge striped green and cream, and form elegant, upright fountains that are compact and space-saving clumps! As summer progresses, the graceful tips become light purple and pinkish in color for a triple treat on this graceful Ornamental Grass!

This warm-season grass may take its sweet time getting going in the spring, but watch out once the weather warms up! Spikey blooms add vertical lines that snow won’t flatten and the autumn foliage, which becomes flushed with pink as the temperatures drop, carries long-lasting winter interest!

Chameleon Little Bluestem is deer resistant and attracts birds that like to shelter in grasses and feast on the seeds! Chameleon is a must-have for any sun garden! The columnar growth reaches 3-4 feet in height when in bloom, but only takes up 15-24 inches of space! Wildly adaptable throughout USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9, there’s little this plant won’t be able to handle in your garden!

Planting and Application:

Ornamental Grass adds texture, motion, sound, and color to the garden, and you’ll enjoy all that and more, plus Chameleon’s hardy, compact, and symmetrical form! Great for all-sized gardens, and boasting both a formal and an informal appearance! Highlight in groups of three or solo specimen plantings that suit this sunny ornamental! Cottage and Rock gardens, beds, borders, and even containers on hot patios are perfect!

Pretty erosion control, Chameleon’s color makes any mass planting and tough site gleam! Rock Gardens and that ‘hell strip’ along a road or sidewalk are perfect locations for these little plants that more than make up for their size with sheer color! Plant along walkways and paths, either in military straight rows or winding soft allées.

  • Compact Tri-Color Ornamental Grass!
  • Cream & Green Stripes With Pink & Light Purple
  • Upright Arching Vase-Shape – Won’t Fall Flat!
  • Pink Fall Color & Long-Lasting
  • Space-Saving, Formal & Informal Garden Designs!

Tips for Care:

This Little Bluestem s a vigorous, long-lived native cultivar. Because of the ease of care, drought tolerance, winter beauty, and the way it adjusts to various soils and climates, the combination makes it a very hardy plant indeed! Little Bluestem does best in well-drained soil with full sun. You don’t have to pamper this pretty grass because it does well in almost any well-drained soil. These drought-tolerant grasses thrive on average to low moisture needs once they are established. For neat clumps in spring, cut back heavily to a few inches each late winter, and divide the clumps every 3-5 years to maintain vigor.

  • Full Sun and Heat & Cold Tolerant!
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Warm-Season Grass Variety
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance

Striking foliage, compact size, and color-changing beauty, Chameleon Little Bluestem is a tough native cultivar that adds high style!

Chameleon Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Chameleon’) Details

Common name Chameleon Little Bluestem
Botanical name Schizachyrium scoparium 'Chameleon'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 3-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 - 24 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Pinkish