(Schizachyrium scoparium) Variety = Cimarron preferred, Blaze acceptable.
At the time of planting, groundcover was dominated by little bluestem
with characteristic forbs of mesic/moist longleaf pinelands of central South Carolina Outer Coastal Plain (Peet, 2006).
Sand sagebrush-mixed prairie is dominated by sand sagebrush and perennial warm-season grasses, including blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus), sand bluestem (Andropogon hallii), little bluestem
(Schizachyrium scoparium), and sand paspalum (Paspalum setaceum).
1,300 Little Bluestem
and Prairie Drop-seed prairie grasses
In the Chocolocco WMA, its host plants are grasses: little bluestem
, Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.
Locally abundant grasses include broomsedges (especially Andropogon virginicus), switch grass (Panicum virgatum), Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), and little bluestem
During a recent visit to his seed-cleaning mill, a tall brown heap containing seeds for little bluestem
(a classic prairie grass) and other species lay on the floor waiting to be processed.
Her favorite grassland plant is little bluestem
, an attractive clump-former with light green to blue foliage that turns golden to reddish brown in fall and displays attractive silvery-white seed heads.
If you have rye grasses in your own fields, Nancy Pals, a conservation resource officer in Illinois, recommends burning to weaken the stands, and has also seen some success in reducing the amount of rye grass with overseeding with big and/or little bluestem
Species planted include big bluestem, little bluestem
, Indian grass, blazing star, rattlesnake master, and compass plant, just to name a few.
We also left an area next to our riding ring unmowed, allowing native grasses such as little bluestem
to grow, and we saw fireflies for the first time during our second summer here.
Big bluestem, little bluestem
, blue grama, Indian grass, and switchgrass have all been observed to increase after a spring burn.