2 Lit­tle bluestem

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SCHIZACHYRIUM SCOPARIUM, ZONES 3 TO 9

A blue-stemmed beauty, this tufted warm-sea­son grass pro­vides won­der­ful win­ter in­ter­est. It’s also a re­silient host plant that grows best on dry up­land sites such as hill­tops or ridges, though it is very adapt­able to nearly all soil con­di­tions.

Why we love it: The USDA says lit­tle bluestem is one of the best grasses for nest­ing and roost­ing birds, such as finches, spar­rows and jun­cos.

Host to: com­mon wood­nymphs and skip­pers

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