Source: Magness et al. 1971
This is a vigorous, long-lived native bunchgrass, widely distributed over the United States; but most prevalent in the Central and Southern Great Plains. It is usually found associated with big bluestem grass. It is more drought resistant that big bluestem, and a smaller plant - reaching not over 3 feet. Leaves are up to 8 inches long, and not over 0.25 inch wide. It furnishes dependable grazing and cured hay, but is not highly palatable. It is especially valuable for erosion control.