Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Robin Carlson, Chicago Botanic Garden.

Little bluestem

Scientific name
Schizachyrium scoparium
Plant Family
Plant Group
Little bluestem is a very widespread native prairie grass that provides very important ecosystem services in wildlands, including erosion control, forage for elk and deer, seeds for birds, and cover for small mammals and birds. It is also gaining popularity for garden use, providing nice color and pretty white, fluffy seed heads in the fall.
Identification Hints

Little bluestem is a very widespread native prairie grass that provides very important ecosystem services in wildlands, including erosion control, forage for elk and deer, seeds for birds, and cover for small mammals and birds. It is also gaining popularity for garden use, providing nice color and pretty white, fluffy seed heads in the fall.

Did You Know?

Little bluestem grass appears bluish in the spring when it first appears. Later in the season, however, it turns more of a reddish-orange color. It is a warm season grass (growing best during the summer months) whose seeds are often eaten by songbirds and small mammals.

States
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY