Twilight Zone Little Bluestem Grass

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For a hardy and beautiful garden accent, 'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem Grass features attractive upright foliage that is stunning in all four seasons. Blue-green foliage emerges in spring and develops a purple cast at the edges for an iridescent mid-summer glow. In winter, this native cultivar turns tawny brown, creating architectural accents and wildlife habitat.(Schizachyrium)
Zones 3 - 9
Attract Birds
Deer Resistant
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 24-48" tall , 12-24" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(24-48” tall x 12-24” wide) Find a place for a few 'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem Grasses in your meadow or sunny garden beds and you won’t regret it. The four-season color of this prairie native makes it a star throughout the year. Long ribbons of blue-green foliage emerge in spring on a stiffly upright grass. As the season deepens, so do the colors – basal foliage lower to the soil line begins to turn mauve and purple, creating strong contrast with the upright blue-green leaves. During the winter months, the entire grass turns a tawny shade of brown, standing proudly where other perennials have gone quietly dormant. For best results, plant 'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem Grass in full sun in poor to average soils; it can tolerate heat and humidity and a wide range of growing conditions, but rich soil or too much fertilization can cause this grass to flop. As a resilient native plant with deep roots, Little Bluestem Grass is well-suited to restoring erosion, is salt tolerant, and can handle or dry, lean conditions. Deer resistant, this is an excellent  grass for pollinator, bird, and wildlife habitat.
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Associated SKUsAM018945
AM018888 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018929 (Tray of 9) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Twilight Zone Little Bluestem Grass PP#27432
Botanical Name
Schizachyrium scoparium Twilight Zone PP#27432
Patent Number
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Late summer to fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Iridescent silvery mauve foliage turns bright purple in fall.
Soil Type
Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry Sites
Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Good For Erosion Control
Additional Information
Attracts Finches, Native Sparrows, Juncos and Doves.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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