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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

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitBunchgrass
Flood TolerancePoor
Drought ToleranceGood
Salt ToleranceGood
Soil PHNeutral, Basic, Acidic
Soil TypeCoarse to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb260,000
Canopy Mature Height45-60 cm

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