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Common Name: Little Bluestem

Scientific Name: Schizachyrium scoparium

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Pasture and rangeland

~Drought tolerant

~Revegetation of wildlife habitats

Height: 1 1/2 - 3 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Warm

Soil Types: Most soils, best on silty soil

Tolerances: Drought tolerant

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 12 - 14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 10 - 12 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 260,000 seeds

Optimal Planting Season: Late spring or early summer

Planting Depth: 1/2 inch

Stratification Requirements: None

Category: Grass



Little Bluestem is a warm-season grass that grows as a perennial, reaching a medium height of 1½ to 3 feet tall. It is occasionally rhizomatous, forming bunches, and is widely distributed across much of the United States, particularly in the Midwest Prairies. This grass is adapted to a wide range of soil textures, but it thrives best in silty soils.


In terms of palatability, Little Bluestem is highly favored by wildlife and livestock during the spring and early summer seasons. It serves as good wildlife habitat, attracting various bird species. Notably, it is recognized as one of the best grasses for nesting and roosting habitat. Additionally, Little Bluestem is drought-tolerant and has low water requirements.


The species holds significant value for the revegetation of disturbed sites that are suitable for its growth. It is frequently employed in reestablishing vegetation in areas affected by disturbances. Moreover, Little Bluestem is utilized in home landscaping due to its vibrant colors and ease of care."



NRCS Profile:

NRCS Plant Guide:

Little Bluestem


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