Perennial of the Year: Little Bluestem

This year’s winner is Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, and its cultivars.  It is a bit unusual to include ‘its cultivars’ but it seems that this relates to hardiness zones.  Little Bluestem, as a grass, has multi-season interest.  It’s a wide clump of blue-green foliage that stands upright and remains so, even through inclement weather. As Fall approaches, it becomes pink, copper and orange-red tones topped with tiny seed tufts. Make this plant happy with sun and well drained soil!