Scientific name
Andropogon gerardii
Also Known As
Turkey foot
One of the largest grasses in the tall grass prairie. The flowers are distinctive because they branch out from the ste m in 3 to 7 'fingers' and usually have short fine hairs.

Scientific name
Bouteloua gracilis
Also Known As
Mosquito grass, Navajita azul, Purple grama, Red grama, White grama
Blue grama grass has distinctive flowers clustered along branches of the flower stalks which dangle from the stem, often resembling a human eyebrow.

Scientific name
Sporobolus wrightii
Giant Sacaton is a bunchgrass that grows in dense clumps. It can be up to 8 ft tall and have leaves up to 1 ft long. It grows well in wetland areas

Scientific name
Achnatherum hymenoides
Also Known As
Indian millet, Indian mountain-ricegrass, Sandgrass, Silky mountain rice, Wye
Grows in bunches up to 30 in in height. Slightly wiry leaves are 1-2 mm wide and 15-25 cm long. Flowers are small and appear on the very tips of each hair-like branch of the panicle.

Scientific name
Koelaria cristata
Attractive small native bunchgrass with distinctive clusters of dense flower spikes up to 1 1/2' tall that turn tan when dry. A cool season grass that grows mostly in spring or early summer (hence its name). Common from short grass prairies in West to dry sandy habitats in the Midwest. Grass family.

Scientific name
Schizachyrium scoparium
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.