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Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius)

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Common Name: Little Bluestem

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerates poor soils including clay, prefers slightly to moderately alkaline pH.  2-4 feet height, blooms in spring, tiny white inconspicuous flowers, will re-seed.

Germination Code:  A 

Native Region:  Statewide

Warm season, clump-forming grass that is easy to grow.  It was an important native American prairie grass. Attractive grass for the home landscape.  Has a bluish cast in summer as suggested by the name and turns orange, red in fall.  Great grass for mass plantings.  Roots extend 5-8 feet below ground, making it very resistant to drought.  Benefits from an annual mowing.  Attracts birds.

Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius) 3
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius)
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/