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Conditions Comments: Little bluestem is wonderful planted en masse. The visual dynamics it provides range from blue-green in late summer to golden with cotton-tufted seedheads in winter. It readily reseeds so little bluestem is not recommended for small gardens. Little bluestem is tolerant of a wide range of soils but will not tolerate wetlands or sub-irrigated sites.
One of the most widely distributed species of grass in the US, Little Bluestem is very drought-tolerant, but it can do well in moist situations too. Farmers have used this species for hay, but consecutive years of haying will likely cause the species to disappear. In a garden setting, Little Bluestem is valued for its blue-green color in the summer and, after the first frost, it turns beautiful shades of brown, copper, and crimson that will remain all winter. The grass gets fluffy white seed heads that also adds seasonal interest. Some gardeners choose to remove the seed fluff to control the spread of young seedlings.A Prairie Moon • August 9 Hi Mary. Good question, but no, we wouldn’t advise it. Little Blue is a warm season grass and the seeds need no overwintering to germinate (Germ Code: A) so with warm soils in the month of September, it likely will germinate. The hard frosts soon to come in October could kill the young seedlings that haven’t had a chance to really take root. Spring would be the better time to sow a Germ Code A, warm-season prairie grasses like Little Blue, Big Blue, Indian Grass, Side-oats Grama, June Grass, Switch Grass, etc.
A Prairie Moon • July 17 Hi Moss. I wouldn't call it invasive, but it will re-seed. If you transplant a potted plant, that Little Blue will keep its place and shape in your small garden. But, as the plant matures and sets seed each fall, you will find baby bluestems popping up here and there. They are easy to ID as they have a blue tint and can be plucked out without much effort.A Prairie Moon • January 29 Hi Keriann, Warm season grasses need soil temperatures that are at least 70°F. We have found with daytime temperatures of 70-85°F, Little Bluestem will germinate in 1-3 weeks. Warmer temperatures will result in faster germination times and direct lighting, like full sun, is beneficial. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)