Get expert help from The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic. Little bluestem typically occurs on dry upland sites, especially on ridges, hilltops, and steep slopes. Cultivars are plants produced in cultivation by selective breeding or via vegetative propagation from wild plants identified to have desirable traits.". In fall plants turn a showy coppery orange overall. Grows in savannahs in moist sandy, sandy loam or clay soil. The following menu has 3 levels. Since this grass remains attractive through winter, it should not be cut back until early spring, before new growth begins.  At that time, it can be cut down to the ground. This plant works well mixed into other native plant arrangements and tends to behave better than switchgrass, spreading much more slowly. NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to However, it does tolerate a wide range of soil conditions including infertility and clay. The Blues (Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'):  3 feet tall with an upright habit; blue foliage with red accents on stem; fall color is a mix of blue, purple and orange. Categories: December , February , Filter by Seeding Time , January , July , June , May , Native Grass This native, cool-season grass grows from 1 to 2 ½ feet tall. Primary growth occurs from mid spring through summer, reaching maximum height in July. Vital species for reclamation and conservation. Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), as its name implies, is smaller in stature than its fellow native of similar naming. Poor grazing for wildlife, but may provide nesting sites for ground-nesting birds. Clumping plants produce half-inch wide leaves on upright stems in a unique light blue coloring. Little bluestem is a prairie grass native to Illinois. It is a prolific self-seeder and can become invasive with little bluestem in lawns a major competitor to traditional turf grass. Flowering occurs in late summer into early autumn.  The tiny, green to white flowers occur on spikes.  The flowers are wind pollinated. A few ornamental grasses that you might consider planting in your landscape are Indian rice grass, blue grama grass, little bluestem, Indiangrass, and Miscanthus. Big bluestem . You can search, browse, and learn more about the plants in our living collections by visiting our BRAHMS website. Leaves are flat, often folded along the midrib, 6–10 inches long, less than ¼-inch wide, and bluish-green through early Grasses are adaptable and can grow in poorer soils better than many other garden plants. There are many cultivars available, which means it can be difficult to find the straight species in trade. Images. Little Bluestem grows well on a variety of soil types, including Deep, shallow, sandy, fine textured, and rocky soils. It grows well on uplands or lowlands over a wide range of well drained soils. This plant has some cultivated varieties. Native: Introduced: Both: Absent/Unreported: Native, No County Data: ... little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium var. Texas, … Natural Areas Conservation Training Program, Black walnut toxicity (plants tolerant of), Preventing construction damage to trees and shrubs, Trees and shrubs for the four seasons landscape, Sudden Oak Death, Ramorum Blight and Phytophthora ramorum, Eastern United States Wetlands Collection. It performs best in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly called little bluestem, is native to prairies, fields, clearings, hills, limestone glades, roadsides, waste areas and open woods from Alberta to Quebec south to Arizona and Florida.It was one of the dominant grasses of the vast tallgrass prairie region which once covered rich and fertile soils in many parts of central North America. Kleberg bluestem is typically found in Central Texas and in South Texas along the Gulf Coast (Fig. Noteworthy Characteristics. Stop by, email, or call. Prairie Munchkin (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Munchkin'): 2 1/2 feet tall with a narrow, columnar habit; silvery blue foliage turns maroon and orange in fall. It is well-adapted to southern climates as it tolerates high heat and humidity. Within a submenu, use escape to move to top level menu parent. So, no rain gardens! This is a warm season grass, so its most active growth occurs in summer.  It will remain standing in winter and can act as winter interest. It is found naturally in a wide range of moist to dry habitats. The stems are naked at the top. The Morton Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on the generosity of members and donors. This photo was taken in December. It has blue-green foliage. Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, is one of the three dominant species that make up our tall and short grass prairies. Schizachyrium scoparium (syn. Blaze (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'):   2 to 3 feet tall with an upright form; blue-green foliage turns to red, mixed with pruple and orange; remains pinkish in winter. Andropogon scoparius). The foliage provides excellent color all season-long and creates the perfect backgrop for prairie flowers. One of the most attractive native grasses, and the state grass of Utah, is Indian rice grass. “These plants are cultivars of a species that is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research. The small fruit (caryopsis or grains) form along the spikes that held the flowers.  The fruit have a fluffy appearance due to white hairs. Leaves are thicker near the collar and the upper surface is covered with long, silky hairs. A native ornamental grass (Poaceae) with attractive blue-green foliage. Little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium Little bluestem is a warm-season perennial bunchgrass that grows 2–4 feet in height. Little bluestem plant is a native grass to North America. • Kleberg bluestem is typically found in Central Texas and in South Texas along the Gulf Coast (Fig. They establish quickly on disturbed soilsperfect for banks, slopes, and restorations. Building the urban forest for 2050. Little bluestem is a perennial, warm-season, native - 24 to 48 inches tall. Typical native grasses grown as forage in Arkansas include big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), and eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides). " Â. Valuable plant for meadow and prairie gardens. Little bluestem and side oats grama (Bouteloua grama) are the two most common grasses of the Loess Hills in western Iowa. Indiangrass. Orange-yellow fall color. Browse the curated collection and add your voice! Fruits are available July-November. KR bluestem is common throughout Texas (Fig. This warm-season grass’ native prairie habitat has almost disappeared, but don’t worry. Little bluestem is a prairie grass native to Illinois.  It is shorter than many prairie grasses, growing only 2 to 4 feet tall.  It is prized for its small fluffy seed heads and good fall color.Â, "This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research. The King Ranch Bluestem is a bunchgrass that grows in tufts with erect or spreading culms 18-48 inches tall. Drought tolerant, it requires very little care and is virtually pest and disease free. Prairie Blues (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'): 3 feet tall with an upright habit; blue gray foliage turns red-orange in fall. It is prized for its small fluffy seed heads and good fall color. From top level menus, use escape to exit the menu. In the spring, little bluestem can have crude protein levels higher than 20 percent. No serious pests.  May self seed, sometimes excessively. This is a selection from the Chicagoland  Grows™ introduction program. Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day). We grow one species of Schizachyrium, the North American native Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as Little Bluestem. It is found in areas receiving 10 to 60 inches of mean annual precipitation and plant hardiness zones 3 to 9. Some native forb species: Maximillian sunflower. Read on for little bluestem information so you can decide if this interesting plant is right for your landscape. "This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research." Leaves: blades 2–5 mm wide; ligule 1–3 mm long. Fall color can also vary from orange to bronze to reddish.  The fall color is usually very good. Cooperative Extension prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. Stems 30–100 cm, often red or rust colored when mature; sheaths flattened and keeled. Use left and right arrow keys to navigate between menus and submenus. Flowers in late summer with very erect fine textured needle-like pikes. 3), is air salinity tolerant and does best on loamy to clay Some native grass species: Little bluestem. It can be found from Canada to Mexico and from the east coast to the west coast. form a strategic partnership called N.C. Little Bluestem is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow to 5 feet. They also shine in meadows, prairi… Little bluestem is an upright grass that grows from 2 to 4 feet tall.  It is a clumping grass. It also occurs on limey subirrigated sites and in prairie fens. Because little bluestem is such an important prairie plant across all of … Carousel (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Carousel'):  compact (2 1/2 feet tall) with an upright habit; blue green foliage with purple tints; fall color is a mix of copper, pink and mahogany. This is a larval host plant that supports various skipper larvae and Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) which have one brood from late May to October. Adult Common Wood-Nymph butterflies feed on rotting fruit and flower nectar. The height will vary from one foot up to three … There are many cultivars available, which means it can be difficult to find the straight species in trade. Little bluestem. Densely mounded, Little Bluestem reaches … Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  This plant suffers from too much mulch near the crown. Purplish bronze seed heads and yellow-orange leaves make for great fall interest in the landscape. Propagate by seed or division. Use enter to activate. It is found naturally in a wide range of moist to dry habitats. Adaptation. The alternate leaves are 1/4 inch wide and 10 to 14 inches long.  Foliage color can be varied, with some plants being more green and other more blue-green. Habitat. Our trees. Engelmann daisy. But almost everywhere that could be plowed has been plowed. Flat linaer leaves 1/4" wide form attractive clumps of light blue at the base turn orange-yellow in fall and persist into winter giving intrest to the landscape. Purple-bronze seed heads give excellent fall and winter interest. Duration: Perennial. Little Bluestem is a highly ornamental native grass prized for its blue-green leaf color and upright form. Each stem produces a loose, terminal seed head that is usually purplish. Little bluestem is considered one of the big four desirable grasses (little bluestem, Indiangrass, big bluestem and switchgrass) in the Great Plains for its livestock and wildlife value. In some areas, it is also known as "beard grass." Brownseed paspalum is a perennial, warm-season, native - 18 to 36 inches tall. Leaves: Summer/Fall/Winter; Bloom: Late Summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter. Ornamental grasses have become very popular over the last several years. Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) Little bluestem is the dominant grass in the mixed grass or midgrass prairie. Deer resistant; Cut to the ground in late winter to early spring. In central and western Nebraska it grows in bunches and is sometimes called "bunch grass." But KR bluestem can also have hairy nodes, and the amount of its leaf material varies. use escape to move to top level menu parent. Read our Commitment to Diversity | Read our Privacy Statement. Eastern gamagrass. Stems turn a straw color when mature. Little Bluestem is used in low maintenance mixtures with other lower growing natives for recreational areas, golf courses, roadsides, and wildlife habitat. (They dry well, by the way.) Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals. N.C. Little bluestem can be found across most of the United States, where it is native, but it is particularly common in the Great Plains states of Kansas and Oklahoma. Fair grazing for livestock and wildlife. This warm season bunch grass is native to 45 of the 50 states making it the most abundant of all native grasses. Bush sunflower . Sideoats grama. Little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium, is a North American prairie native found throughout the 48 contiguous states, except for the far western, coastal areas.As its name suggests, this perennial has silvery-blue stems (particularly at the base) and leaves, making it an attractive addition to the landscape. Good grazing for livestock. Bluestems, Indiangrass, and switchgrass are the most common native warm-season grasses sown in Pennsylvania. Go to list of cultivars. Blooms from June-October. Native to eastern North America. Use left and right arrow keys to navigate between menus and submenus. These grasses are adapted statewide although each may have 3), is air salinity tolerant and does best on loamy to clay soils. Little Bluestem once dominated our tall and short grass prairies from Canada to Mexico. Little bluestem grows in a wide range of soil types as long as they are not wet.  Tolerate of both alkaline and acid soils.  Good drought tolerance. In fall, its foliage turns bronzy orange. Can grow in almost any soil as long as it drains well. It is a bunch type, native, warm-season, perennial mid grass, with a dense root system, and may reach heights of from 2 to 4 feet tall. On several primary branches spikelets can be found, with a reddish-purple color, whether t… It is found in many types of soil but is particularly adapted to well-drained, nearly infertile soil which makes it an excellent erosion barrier. Blue Heaven™ (Schizachyrium scoparium 'MinnBlueA'):  4 feet tall with an upright habit; steel blue leaves change to tones of burgundy, pink and orange in fall. Cut back to the ground in early spring to promote new attractive growth. Bunchgrass occasionally with short rhizomes. Have tree and plant questions? Plant Characteristics. It is able to grow on both acidic and alkaline soils. Use up and down arrow keys to explore within a submenu. Purple-bronze racemes form above the clump of leaves and appear in August. Our future. The grass is an important native hay and forage grass. Provides excellent cover year round. It is the only native grass species that can be found in every Kansas county, as it is adapted to tallgrass, mixed, and shortgrass prairie ecosystems alike. Cut back to the ground in early spring to promote new attractive growth. Jazz (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Jazz'):  2 to 3 feet tall with an upright habit; silvery blue foliage turns mauve purple in fall. Can be a co-dominant grass with little bluestem. We do not seem to have this in our living collection. Many warm-season grasses are deep rooted, long-lived perennials with considerable tolerance to relatively low pH, low fertility, and drought. The leaves and stems frequently have a bluish cast in summer, while the fall color is a very warm copper that does not fade throughout winter. Our communities. It has drought resistance once established. Illinois bundleflower. Switchgrass. It is shorter than many prairie grasses, growing only 2 to 4 feet tall. Little bluestem grows 2 to 4 feet tall. Schizachyrium is tough and adaptable, tolerant of a range of moisture conditions from average to nearly arid. Use up and down arrow keys to explore within a submenu. Little bluestem is a tough, easy-care ornamental grass that’s most beautiful in the fall when its tufts of slim, ¼-inch-wide blue-green leaves turn from rust to wine red and its thin 2- to 3-inch clusters of fuzzy flower spikelets glisten silvery-white in the sun. 4), even in drier regions, and it grows well on rocky limestone hills and shallow or clay soils. It is attractive planted en masse and would make an excellent addition to a rain garden. Explore this online platform for Chicago-area residents to share their favorite stories about trees. • Kleberg bluestem has hairy stem joints (nodes) and more leaf material than does KR bluestem. Standing Ovation (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'): 3 to 4 feet tall with an upright habit; blue foliage with purple tints; fall color is red-orange and burgundy. 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