Schizachyrium scoparium, commonly known as little bluestem, is a prairie grass native to Texas. It was one of the dominant grasses of the tallgrass prairies. It typically matures to 2-4’ (less frequently to 5’) tall, and features upright clumps of slender, flat, linear green leaves (to 1/4“ wide), with each leaf having a tinge of blue at the base. Purplish-bronze flowers appear in 3” long racemes on branched stems rising above the foliage in August. Flowers are followed by clusters of fluffy, silvery-white seed heads which are attractive and often persist into winter. Many consider the most outstanding ornamental feature of this grass to be its bronze-orange fall foliage color.
Native grasses such as Little Bluestem can often be a wonderful addition to the low maintenance garden. Come learn how to identify these grasses so that you can add your favorite species to your flower beds/yard. Ray Kirkwood, Master Naturalist, and local expert will show you how to tell the difference between the many similar species.
Join us on July 16 from Noon-1 pm in the AgriLife Conference room. We will be glad to see you and you will be glad you came.