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Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

Bronze-orange winter color with silvery seeds; great for wildlife plantings

Note: This item is sold by the PLS pound.


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Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly called little bluestem, is a native perennial warm season grass.  It was once one of the dominant grasses of the vast tallgrass prairie region. The foliage turns shades of bronze-orange in the fall. We offer the following varieties/cultivars: Aldous, Ozark, and Missouri native.


Forage notes

Little bluestem is probably the most abundant and generally distributed range plant in the Ozarks. A warm-season midgrass, it is moderately palatable and eaten by all kinds of livestock, especially in the early stages of growth. It begins growth in April and provides forage of adequate nutritive value for most kinds of livestock until mid-July when it begins to produce seed stalks. After maturity, it is not as readily eaten by livestock but makes fair fall and winter grazing for cattle and horses when supplemented with protein and minerals. This grass can produce up to 2 tons of cured forage per acre.


Wildlife notes

Dense stands provide winter cover especially valuable for prairie chickens, and quail often use them for escape cover. Skippers and grasshoppers relish the foliage of Little Bluestem. Seeds serve as a minor food source for quail, deer, and prairie chickens. Turkeys also occasionally eat the young leaves.


Landscaping notes

Little bluestem is becoming more popular for home landscaping because it is a colorful and low maintenance addition. New growth can be bluish, maturing to a reddish-gold color. The seed develops to a fluffy silver-white. The plumes are showy when seed has matured which adds interest to a cut arrangement. Frost accents the plants, and the reddish winter color is lovely. This is a prairie grass for the garden that is truly exceptional in mass plantings.


Restoration notes

Little bluestem has been used extensively in prairie restoration projects primarily
because of its adaptation to a diversity of sites, drought tolerance, growth habit, and wildlife appeal.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Full Sun to Part Shade


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

Aug, Sep


Red, Orange

Specialty Uses

Landscaping, Medicinal

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Seeding Rate

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.