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Little Bluestem Seed or

Little Bluestem Seed or

Little Bluestem Seed

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.

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Little Bluestem is an excellent plant for wildlife. Little Bluestem serves as the larval host for several skipper species including the Dusted Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Ottoe Skipper, Indian Skipper, Swarthy Skipper, and the Crossline Skipper. Other insects that feed on Little Bluestem include grasshoppers, Prairie Walkingsticks, the leaf-mining beetles, thrips, spittlebugs, and leafhoppers. The seeds of this grass are eaten by songbirds. Little bluestem provides necessary overwintering habitat and resources for many insects and birds.

Female bumble bee queens nest at the base of bunch grasses, like Little Bluestem, where they are protected until they emerge in the Spring.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. (Source:www.prairiemoon.com)

 

 

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