2 to 3 ft.
1 to 2 ft.
species in native to north America
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
The blues little bluestem is a very drought-tolerant, native grass grown for its ornamental characteristics. During it's active growth period in summer, it has gorgeous, bright blue leaves.
The foliage turns red during the fall and remains so all winter.
It has a pleasing, upright habit and pretty, fluffy seedheads in fall. It is a fantastic choice because of its ability to withstand Colorado Springs' erratic weather.
The blues little bluestem has performed very well at the Xeriscape Garden. The blue color of the leaves during the growing season is very pleasing.
Its fall leaf color is nice, but not quite as intensely orange as blaze little bluestem. It will tolerate a range of low and very low water situations.
Grow it in a drier section of your landscape. If it gets too much water, it will flop. Highly recommended.
Summer growth can be left standing for winter interest, if desired. Cut stems and leaves to ground level before new growth begins in spring.