If it would be to choose to grow only one native grass, it should be the Little bluestem. It is a warm season grass that will grow to about 60-90 cm, forming upright clumps of green leaves with a tinge of blue-lavender towards the base. The purplish flowers in August are followed by attractive fluffy, silver seed heads.
The magnificent fall foliage is hard to describe – a combination of bronze, orange and blue-lavender colours. Certainly not easy to photograph either…
It is hard to find one little defect to this grass: easy to grow in almost any soil, in full sun; tolerates clay soils, drought, air pollution! You can grow one or ten, it is really just a matter of garden space!
Germination: one study found the best germination rate for this treatment: cold/moist stratification for 1-2 months followed high temperature (25˚C and up)/8 hours daylight; the seeds have to be sown on the surface of the potting mix.