Little Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium
At home on the range or in your yard. This beautiful blue-green bunch grass turns red-bronze after frost with fluffy, silver-white seeds. Grows 2 to 3 feet at maturity with the seedhead adding another 1 to 2 feet in height. Roots reach 5 to 8 feet deep. Grows on soils of sand, loam, clay or caliche. It grows with Big Bluestem in deep soils of the Oakwoods & Prairies; with Indiangrass/Sideoats on the Edwards Plateau and Rolling Plains; and with the paspalums on the Coastal Prairie. Is found throughout the southern and central US, and provides excellent nesting cover for birds and larval food source for butterflies.

Also see Texas' Only Harvests
of Little Bluestem Prairies:

Pineywoods Little Bluestem
Central Texas Little Bluestem
Gulf States Little Bluestem
Little Bluestem seedling (above)

Blue-green spring photo (left) by Larry Allain, USGS National Wetlands Research Center
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