Schizachyrium Smoke Signal
Schizachyrium 'Smoke Signal'  courtesy of Walters Gardens

Little Bluestem

About This Grass

Schizachrium 'Smoke Signal' is a selection of the native Prairie Grass, Little Bluestem. It has a beautifully refined habit and puts on a great show of color in late summer and fall. The glaucous blue-green foliage begins to take on scarlet red tones in late summer, turning a deeper red-purple through the fall. Tiny, tan seed heads appear in early fall on the top half of the stems. This variety is an improvement over older cultivars, because it maintains a very upright habit through fall. Little Bluestem is a great choice if you are looking to restore an eroded site, or for a plant that will grow in hot, dry areas where other plants have a hard time surviving.

  • Height: 91-122 cm (3-4 ft)
  • Spread: 46-61 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: fall
  • Leaf Colour: blue green
  • Bloom Colour: tan
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

This grass is useful both in garden design as well as for naturalizing. It needs full sun and is tolerant of heat and humidity. Schizachyrium can grow in either acidic or alkaline soils, and can tolerate a range of moisture conditions including average to extremely dry. It does not need to be fertilized. Cut it back in late fall. 


$16.95 -1 gal