A Field Guide to the Prairie

Little Bluestem
Photo: Ken Richardson
Little Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium

Grass Family (Poaceae)
Habitat/Range: Short, tall and mixed-grass prairie

A bunched grass, growing in dense clusters, with the flowering stems up to 4 feet tall. The leaves turn bronzed orange after frost. Flowers are scattered along the upper parts of the stem branches, with long hairs creating a feathery appearance. There is a single, white,hairy flower cluster at the tip of each stalk.

On the Prairie Field Guide Index

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