Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

 

 Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

 Schizachyrium scoparium

Visit the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Services website to view the natural range of Little Bluestem

LEAP (The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity) - Plant of the Year 2016
Little bluestem - Lifestylelandscaping.com
Little bluestem - Lifestyle Landscaping

Wildlife Significance


Nesting Material - for native bees


Host plant - For caterpillars of: Dusted Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Ottoe Skipper, Indian Skipper, Swarthy Skipper, Crossline Skipper, Arogos Skipper and the Meske's skipper


Attracts - Prairie Walkingstick, leaf-mining beetles, Black Spittlebug, grasshoppers all of whom provide nourishment for a large number of birds and their young including: Cardinals, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches Finches and others.


Root System 5 to 8 ft root system reduces both soil erosion and excessive water run off.

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Seed Provenance -

Schizachyrium scoparium

Prairie Moon Nursery & Ohio Prairie Nursery 2018 

Cultivation Information - Little Bluestem


Height -
1 to 3 ft
Blooms - August - September
Sun -
Full sun to part shade
Hardy Zone -
Soil -
Moist to dry
Warm Season Grass - Looks best during warmer months

Family - Grass family (Poaceae)
L. Glasscock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.
Little Bluestem
L. Glasscock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.
  Schizachyrium scoparium
Schizachyrium scoparium - Praire Moon Nursery

Propagation Notes


Stratification - In this case was cold storage only.
Planted - December 11, 2018
Growth Noted - December 27, 2018
Germination was initially spotty, but improved as the month progressed. We keep our house at 65°F. I suspect this is a bit to cool for a warm season grass.

Transplanted - This grass it especially durable, 12 young seedlings were transplanted without displaying any signs of stress, the remainder were left in original cell..

Second batch - of seed was cold moist stratified for 30 days, due to limited indoor space these seeds will be save for outdoor sowing