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Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 36 - 48 Inches
  • Mature Spread 36 - 48 Inches
  • Growing Zones 3 - 8

The Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass puts on a dazzling and colorful display. Also known as Schizachyrium scoparium, this is tall ornamental grass. New foliage emerges in a blue-green color before transitioning to scarlet red by summer’s end and finally a reddish-purple by fall. This cultivar has an upright growth habit and strong foliage that remains upright and does not bend or arch as is common for most ornamental grasses. Pink flowers provide additional color and interest.

This grass is a native plant that is easy to maintain. Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass is clump-forming and slow-growing, so be patient, and this plant will eventually spread. Create a stunning mass planting along a fence or property line, or plant along a walkway or foundation wall. The foliage is deer-resistant, making it a good choice for areas with lots of foraging animals. Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass is a perennial in USDA zones 3 through 8.

Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass Care

Plant in full sun in dry to moist soil that promotes drainage. Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass likes dry conditions, so only water when the soil is dry. This grass is drought-tolerant, but water during a dry period to keep the foliage healthy. Fertilizing is unnecessary, and this plant will do well without assistance.

Trim the flowers before they go to seed if you don’t want this plant to self-seed, but birds will eat the seeds if you leave the flowers in place. Cut the growth back in the fall to encourage more abundant and sturdy growth the following year.

Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass Spacing

This striking ornamental grass will reach 36 to 48 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Plants can be spaced 18 to 24 inches apart for a continuous look.

Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 36 - 48 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Blue, Green
Foliage Description: Multi-color
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: Birds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America, Award Winner
Common Name: Smoke Signal Little Bluestem Grass
Other Name(s):

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

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  • 5
    Hardy plant

    Posted by Jamie Cullen on May 2nd 2022

    Very attractive plant. I plant it in my rock garden and looks amazing, I highly recommend it!