Native across most of North America, this grass varies greatly in form and appearance. The foliage color ranges from green to blue, and the dormant foliage varies from tan to rusty red. Blue-leafed plants are more likely to develop red winter color. Little bluestem has a very upright form, with fine-textured foliage. The flowers are not showy, but the seed heads are striking when backlit by the sun. This clump grass is very adaptable, tolerating cold, heat, and thriving in alkaline or acid soils. It does not perform well in soils with excessive moisture or nutrients.