Little Bluestem

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- 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           





















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,


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