Chameleon Little Bluestem

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Chameleon Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Chameleon') is a color-changing little wonder! Chameleon's narrow leaves emerge striped green and cream, and form elegant, upright fountains that are compact and space-saving clumps! As summer progresses, the graceful tips become light purple and pinkish in color for a triple treat on this graceful Ornamental Grass!

This warm-season grass may take its sweet time getting going in the spring, but watch out once the weather warms up! Spikey blooms add vertical lines that snow won't flatten and the autumn foliage, which becomes flushed with pink as the temperatures drop, carries long-lasting winter interest!

Chameleon Little Bluestem is deer resistant and attracts birds that like to shelter in grasses and feast on the seeds! Chameleon is a must-have for any sun garden! The columnar growth reaches 3-4 feet in height when in bloom, but only takes up 15-24 inches of space! Wildly adaptable throughout USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9, there's little this plant won't be able to handle in your garden!

Planting and Application:

Ornamental Grass adds texture, motion, sound, and color to the garden, and you'll enjoy all that and more, plus Chameleon's hardy, compact, and symmetrical form! Great for all-sized gardens, and boasting both a formal and an informal appearance! Highlight in groups of three or solo specimen plantings that suit this sunny ornamental! Cottage and Rock gardens, beds, borders, and even containers on hot patios are perfect!

Pretty erosion control, Chameleon's color makes any mass planting and tough site gleam! Rock Gardens and that 'hell strip' along a road or sidewalk are perfect locations for these little plants that more than make up for their size with sheer color! Plant along walkways and paths, either in military straight rows or winding soft allées.

  • Compact Tri-Color Ornamental Grass!
  • Cream & Green Stripes With Pink & Light Purple
  • Upright Arching Vase-Shape - Won't Fall Flat!
  • Pink Fall Color & Long-Lasting
  • Space-Saving, Formal & Informal Garden Designs!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This Little Bluestem s a vigorous, long-lived native cultivar. Because of the ease of care, drought tolerance, winter beauty, and the way it adjusts to various soils and climates, the combination makes it a very hardy plant indeed! Little Bluestem does best in well-drained soil with full sun. You don't have to pamper this pretty grass because it does well in almost any well-drained soil. These drought-tolerant grasses thrive on average to low moisture needs once they are established. For neat clumps in spring, cut back heavily to a few inches each late winter, and divide the clumps every 3-5 years to maintain vigor.

  • Full Sun and Heat & Cold Tolerant!
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Warm-Season Grass Variety
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance

Striking foliage, compact size, and color-changing beauty, Chameleon Little Bluestem is a tough native cultivar that adds high style! Order yours at Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Chameleon Little Bluestem Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Botanical Name Schizachyrium scoparium 'Chameleon'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color White & Green & Pinkish-Purple
Fall Color Purple, Pink
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No