La Crosse, Wisconsin

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

  • Highly drought resistant
  • Excellent wildlife habitat
  • Moderately shade tolerant
  • Beautiful colors throughout the fall
  • Great for low prairies, roadsides, near creeks & lakes
  • Resistant to trampling

Little Bluestem is a very common native grass found in almost all states of the US. A smaller grass than Big Bluestem, it is slightly less palatable, but more drought resistant. A bunch-forming grass, Little Bluestem has a dense root system which enables it to grow on even the poorest and roughest ground. The stem and growth from previous years remain standing where it weathers to create a mulch. Growing best on medium or dry soils, new shoots are identifiable in early April and maturity is reached by late August to October. Little Bluestem is highly desirable for grazing and hay.

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