Schizachyrium Shining Star Little Bluestem



A native grass with a glowing new look, Schizachyrium 'Shining Star' has gorgeous, variegated foliage that deepens with burgundy accents in the fall.

Its seed heads are a magnet for finches and songbirds, providing a food source in the coldest months.

Schizachyrium scoparium, or "Little Bluestem" is native to many parts of the United States. It thrives in poor, well-draining soils. In the garden, it is adaptable to almost any soil type (including clay), and makes an excellent companion for Black-Eyed Susans, Tickseed, and Coneflowers.

Use Schizachyrium 'Shining Star' Little Bluestem as a colorful edging plant, or as a specimen in the border!


  • Common Names: Little Bluestem
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-Draining
  • Height at Maturity: 18 inches
  • Width at Maturity: 24 inches
  • Bloom Color: Tan/Brown
  • Bloom Time: Summer, Fall

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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