Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium, native
  • Warm season perennial
  • Light green to purplish leaves
  • Turns a beautiful red colour in fall
  • Palatable to livestock in early spring
  • Grows well on slopes
  • Can develop short rhizomes on wetter sites
  • Excellent nesting grass for birds
  • Very broad geographic distribution, therefore significant ecotype variation

Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Bunchgrass
Flood Tolerance Poor
Drought Tolerance Good
Salt Tolerance Good
Soil PH Neutral, Basic, Acidic
Soil Type Coarse to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb 260,000
Canopy Mature Height 45-60 cm

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