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Jazz Little Bluestem Grass

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‘Jazz’ Little Bluestem Grass is a striking prairie native cultivar selected for its smaller stature. With a sturdy upright habit, the silvery-blue foliage shifts to coppery-rust in autumn. Purple-bronze flowers appear in late summer, followed by silvery seed heads. Leave the grass sanding over winter to enjoy its motion and texture in wind and snow, and to provide nutritious seeds for songbirds. It is a host plant for many butterflies, so be sure to include some in your pollinator garden. (Schizachyrium scoparium)
key features
Botanical Name
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Jazz'
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Striking Foliage, Autumn Interest, Winter Interest, Mass Plantings
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
24-30" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Bloom Time
Early fall to winter

Hardy and resilient, ‘Jazz’ Little Bluestem Grass is a garden-worthy ornamental grass. It tolerates almost any soil type and needs only good drainage and a sunny location. A native grass with an important place in North American ecology, Little Bluestem Grass has a very wide native range. It is found from Maine and Nova Scotia south to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Montana, and east across most of southern Canada. It also grows in much of central Mexico. It is most prominent in the Great Plains and in open canopy areas in the eastern United States. Resilient Little Bluestem grass grows dense, fibrous roots several feet deep. This means they are a great choice for erosion control, they are very long-lived, and they are tolerant to floods and drought. Schizachyrium scoparium is a larval host to the Cobweb Skipper, common wood nymph, Crossline Skipper, Dakota Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Indian Skipper, Leonard's Skipper, Ottoe Skipper, and Swarthy Skipper.

For best long-term health, cut the plant back to ground level in late winter or early spring to make way for new growth. Consider planting spring-flowering bulbs around the ornamental grass, as they flower before the grass has a presence and the grass disguises the aging bulb foliage as it grows.