Green, Blue, Red
Grasses are seldom thought of as colorful, but little bluestem delights the eye with its color changes across the seasons. Starting out with bright green shoots in spring, the leaves deepen to bluish green by mid-summer. As summer progresses, red highlights appear, becoming more pronounced until by fall the stems turn rust-red. Some cultivars have been developed that have even more intense color, such as "The Blues" and "Blaze". Leave the swaying stems with their small puffs of seeds into winter before cutting them back to encourage new spring growth.