• Andropogon scoparium (Schizachyrium scoparium) - Little Bluestem


    Andropogon scoparium is a clump forming native prairie grass with bluish-green foliage.  Purplish-bronze flowers appear in August and are followed by fluffy, silvery-white seed heads that persist into winter. It is very adaptable and drought tolerant.


    Little Bluestem Botany  - By Dr. John Hilty

    Botanical illustration (Hitchcock-Chase Collection)

    Faunal Associations: 

    Grasshoppers (food source for birds), The Field Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Slate-Colored Junco, and other small songbirds eat the seeds, particularly during the winter. (Hilty)

    The Field Sparrow perched on Little Bluestem. (Rhododendrites)

    The foliage of Little Bluestem is quite palatable to bison, cattle, and other hoofed mammalian herbivores. (Hilty)

    Type: Ornamental grass
    Family: Poaceae
    Native Range: Eastern North America
    Zone: 3 to 9
    Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
    Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
    Bloom Time: August to February
    Bloom Description: Purplish bronze
    Sun: Full sun
    Water: Dry to medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Suggested Use: Rain Garden
    Flower: Insignificant
    Leaf: Good Fall
    Other: Winter Interest
    Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution

    Works Cited

    Cover: By Chhe (talk) - Own work (Original text: I (Chhe (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18212214
    Third cover: By Alexschott - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5764982

    Botanical illustration: "Andropogon scoparius Michx., Little bluestem", Hitchcock-Chase Collection of Grass Drawings, on indefinite loan from the Smithsonian Institution, courtesy of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Faunal associations:
    By Rhododendrites - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=99688833

    Conservation Information Author: Erik N. Vegeto

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