Little bluestem [Schizachyrium scoparium] - Perennial clump-forming bunch grass, with stems reaching 3 ft in the fall. Stems turn mahogany-red with white seed tufts in the fall and winter. Clumps grow about 1-2 ft in diameter. Provides food for many animals, nesting material and a host for butterfly larva. Tolerant of part shade. Reseeds readily, so not recommended for small gardens.
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' Blaze Little Bluestem Grass- 2-3' x 15" wide, (seed propagated). Great winter color! 'Blaze' Little Bluestem grass is invaluable in xeriscapes and nateive wildflower plantings. A cultivar selected by agronomists in NE as a high yielding pasture grass, "Blaze" is also used ornamentally for its vivid red fall foliage. In winter it remains a standout as the leaves fade to deep pink. "Blaze" is easily grown and adapts to any soil type, including clay. Zones 4-9.