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Little Bluestem

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Little Bluestem

little bluestem native grass


Latin Name- Schizachyrium Scoparium

Plant family- Poaceae or grass family

The other names for Little Bluestem are broom beardgrass, wiregrass, and bunchgrass.

Habitat Widely distributed is a native grass in North America. It will grow on a varieties of soils but is well adapted to medium to dry soils. It has excellent drought and fair shade tolerance but poor flood tolerance.


 Warm season Little Bluestem will grow to about two to four feet tall with coarse stems and basil leaves, the leaves are smooth but covered with hair at the base.


Bloom Period-  Aug.to Feb.


Characteristics-  usually grows 2-3 feet (0.61-1.2 meters) roots grow to about 5 feet (2.7meters). Flowers are a purplish bronze color in August to February


Threats- Domestic and wild animals prefer to eat little bluestem when the plant is young and green


Interesting Facts- The scientific name "scoparius" comes from a greek word meaning broom-like, referring to the stiffly bunched stems. Since Little Bluestem is moderately aggressive, it should be included in all prairie plantings. Their's other plants like it as Big Bluestem, Sideoats Grama, Prairie Dropseed, Blue Grama. The Little Bluestem is in every county in Kansas. Small birds like to feed off the white fuzzy seeds.


Habitat-Little bluestem is located in places like woodlands, Hillsides, Slopes, Meadows ,and pastures.



Seed- very small, about two millimeters 

Schizachyrium scoparium (Little bluestem) #28095



Seedling- is about two inches tall    







Juvenile- is about four inches tall





Roots- is about four to six feet deep




 Leaves- thin



Flowering Plant- in warm season it will grow two to four feet tall



Bibliography- Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie page 251







Iowa's Living Roadway page 53                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFUkNHueCiY 

























Disclaimer-The infomation in the Prairie Plant Guide was collected and compossed by the 5th graders,we apologize for any inaccuracise.

Bibliography-Info comes from these sits Seedling evaluation guide.org, Wildflower.org


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Comments (16)

emewert said

at 7:24 am on Jan 17, 2014

What other pictures do you want to do? Do you want to put the different stages of the life?

jd said

at 8:59 am on Jan 17, 2014

I think that is a great idea.

Wclark said

at 9:46 am on Jan 17, 2014

i went to a different site and read the bloom period is august to feburary

emewert said

at 7:29 am on Jan 22, 2014

@wclark I will change that

Abrummond said

at 9:41 am on Jan 22, 2014

i did that

emewert said

at 7:46 am on Jan 22, 2014

We need to find more pictures. What kind of pics do you want the different stages of growing up?

jd said

at 8:40 am on Jan 22, 2014

the seedling and juvenile.

Abrummond said

at 9:22 am on Jan 22, 2014

how about the seed

jd said

at 9:04 am on Jan 22, 2014

Should we put in the habitat

emewert said

at 7:46 am on Jan 29, 2014

when i try to put pictures in it wont work will one of you try

jd said

at 9:02 am on Jan 30, 2014

should we put in info after every pic.

Wclark said

at 9:42 am on Jan 30, 2014

are we almost done

Wclark said

at 9:45 am on Jan 30, 2014

should we add a video

Wclark said

at 9:54 am on Jan 30, 2014

we done

Bjordan said

at 10:04 am on Jan 30, 2014

great job

Abrummond said

at 9:57 am on Feb 11, 2014


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