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Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium [= Andropogon scoparius]

Common Little Bluestem, Prairie Beardgrass

Scientific Name:

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium [= Andropogon scoparius]

Genus:

Schizachyrium

Species Epithet:

scoparium

Common Name:

Common Little Bluestem, Prairie Beardgrass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In a wide range of moist to dry habitats. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global Rank G5T5. Many cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/schizachyrium/scoparium/

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/schizachyrium-scoparium/



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