Little bluestem grass is a Texas native that is used to feed livestock, to support wildlife, as well as to provide an accent to home gardens and natural settings. This perennial species can adapt to many different types of soil, though it prefers well-drained, medium to dry, infertile soils.
As feed for livestock, Little Bluestem provides fair forage for horse and cattle, but it is often too coarse for sheep and goats. The species is also suitable for hay.
Given its moderate tolerance for drought and ability to adapt to different soil types, the plant is useful for controlling soil erosion. Little Bluestem seed is an ideal component in revegetation mixes, especially for replanting thin upland range sites where the plant is well-suited.
Little Bluestem also provides excellent wildlife support along with other native warm season grasses such as Big Bluestem and Switchgrass. The clumped growth type of Little Bluestem serves as good cover and nesting site for ground birds and small mammals. Little Bluestem grass seed is also a valuable food source for upland game birds and songbirds alike.
Finally, this species has become a popular ornamental plant because of its attractive colors and low-maintenance requirements. In spring and summer, the grass has a bluish hue that changes into a striking bronze by late fall and early winter.
Grass Family (Poaceae : Andropogoneae)
Latin Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
Value: Wildlife – good (for cover)
Livestock – good
This is an important grass of the “True Prairie.” This grass has a unique blue-green color in the spring and summer, and then turns a reddish-brown during the dormant season. Seeds have a feathery appearance. This grass is important to ground nesting birds for nesting cover. Little Bluestem is adapted to a large variety of soils on prairies and savannahs. Grazed by all kinds of livestock, it decreases with heavy grazing.
Bamert Seed Company offers a wide selection of high quality seeds from native grasses, forbs, and legumes. The plants we have for sale have been specifically selected for their ability to adapt to different soil types and climates. Whether you need native grasses to grow forage, support wildlife, control soil erosion, or provide an accent for your garden, you’ve come to the right place.
Feel free to contact us for any inquiries about Little Bluestem and other native seeds we have available.