'Carousel' is a dwarf and somewhat mounded selection of little bluestem, discovered by Donald Boehm at Boehm's Garden Center in Rushville, Illinois. Mr. Boehm selected 'Carousel' for its unique rounded, bowl-shaped habit, superior resistance to lodging in winter and attractive fall color. Its fine green foliage and distinctive upright flowering stems transform into a kaleidoscope of colors in autumn that includes copper, pink, tan, and dark orange-red. The stems become beige but stay upright and attractive all winter.
Schizachyrium is a warm-season, clump-forming grass native to the prairies and open woods of North America. 'Carousel' requires no supplemental water or fertilizer. It is stunning when used in mass plantings, works well in a variety of soil types, and is very drought tolerant. 'Carousel' will reach 30" tall and 30" wide. Zones 3-9.