2 Little bluestem
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