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Little bluestem

Gramineae Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash

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.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch