“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Leaves are up to 12 inches long and less than 1/4-inch wide, with a small, scale-like collar (ligule) and a fringed margin where the leaf blade joins the stem; stems are very hairy or smooth and strongly flattened near the base
Plants form upright clumps of green or blue-green leaves, with trace of blue at base. Purplish-bronze flowers appear along 3-inch-long stalks on branched stems.
Common throughout the Ozarks and prairie regions of Missouri, it is found on glades, savannas and prairies and is often used in restoration and wildlife habitat projects. Little bluestem does well in wildflower meadow plantings where it will not out compete wildflowers. Also used in mixed warm-season grass pasture plantings for livestock. Missouri native material and many cultivars are available.