Little Bluestem Characteristics
Little Bluestem is an ornamental grass but can also be considered a groundcover if left to spread unchecked. It grows in clumps and has fluffy seed pods that can be cut and displayed in indoor vases and dried flower arrangements. The progression of colors throughout most of the year make this an attractive option for those who like a garden to bring interest nearly year-round.
There are few serious diseases or pests the plague Little Bluestem, but this plant can quickly become invasive due to it's ability to self seed. Once established, regular watering should not be required unless in times of prolonged drought. These plants are tolerant of many types of soils including clay, dry, and basically infertile ground. Little Bluestem should be planted in full sun and should be cut to the ground in late winter to make way for new growth.
Little Bluestem make an excellent meadow grass that requires little maintenance if left to spread. It can also make a lovely border with it's ever-changing colors. They are often planted in outdoor pots and containers, but should be regularly divided to prevent overcrowding.