Little Bluestem

(Schizachyrium scoparius)


Little Bluestem is a warm-season, medium-sized, leafy bunchgrass. This native grass is very widespread in the southwest Great Plains and is found in many range sites from low to high elevations. It is considered a valuable grass and should be used for reseeding on range sites where it is listed as an important decreaser. The chaffy seed is best planted with grass drills. Planting depth should not exceed 1.3 cm (½ in.) on fine textured soils and 1.9 cm (¾ in.) on coarse soils. Plant seeds in March or April for the southern Great Plains, and April or May for the central and higher western Great Plains areas. Broadcast plantings require doubling the seed rate.



2.9 to 5 kg PLS/hectare
2.5 to 4.5 lbs. PLS/acre



260,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)




Aldous Little Bluestem was released jointly by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, The USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Soil Conservation Service in 1966. The original seed was collected from the Flint Hills native grasslands south of Manhattan, Kansas. Aldous is tall, leafy, vigorous, medium late in maturity, and produces abundant forage under favorable conditions. It is recommended for use in central and eastern Kansas and Oklahoma.



Blaze Little Bluestem was released in 1967 by Nebraska Agricultural Research Service. The origin of this variety is from native prairies in Nebraska and Kansas. Blaze is leafy mid-tall, and late maturing in central latitudes. Foliage is bright to dull green, turning red in the fall. It is recommended for planting in permanent pasture mixtures of warm-season prairie grasses in central and eastern Nebraska and adjacent areas in bordering states. Blaze is also used in native landscapes because of its deep red color. Reliable seed production is centered in southeast Nebraska.



Camper is a moderately late maturing variety with a broad genetic composition. It is recommended for Nebraska and parts of Oklahoma and Texas.



Pastura Little Bluestem was released in 1963 by the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. The seed origin was from a collection near Rowe and Pecos, New Mexico. Pastura seed heads are less fuzzy than those of other Little Bluestem strains, which make them easier to process.

Pastura is well suited for range plantings on medium-textured soils of the foothills into the ponderosa pine areas of central New Mexico and on sandy to sandy-loam soils of eastern Colorado. In these areas it has produced more forage than native species due to its ability to survive adverse climatic conditions, particularly extremes in temperature and precipitation.


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