Varieties Available


(Andropogon scoparius)

Little bluestem is a vigorous, long lived, native bunchgrass which is widely distributed over most of the United States. It is prevalent in the Great Plains, particularly in the Flint Hill sections of Kansas and Oklahoma, where it supplies dependable grazing and cured forage. This grass is the key component of the true prairie grass mixture.

Little bluestem is smaller than big bluestem. The two usually form close association, but little bluestem is more drought-resistant and is adapted to sites that have limited moisture. Little bluestem is easily established on a wide range of soil types.
Growth begins late in the spring and continues through the summer. Plants usually grow 1 to 4 feet tall. The blades are less than 1/4 inch wide and approximately 4 to 10 inches long. The leaves flattened at the base, are light green until the plants reach maturity. At maturity the leaves turn reddish brown color. Because of its habit of growth and the wide range of distribution, little bluestem has great potential for erosion control and soil stabilization. It is best-planted in range mixes for revegetation of rangeland or abandoned cultivated land.
Seedings should be made on a well-prepared, firm seedbed free from weeds. A seeding rate of 2-6 pls pounds acre depending on the amount utilized in seed mixture.

Little Bluestem field

Little Bluestem Seeds


General Characteristics

Growth Type


Life Span 


Growing Season

Warm Season



Plant Height

2-4 Feet

Cold Tolerance


Drought Tolerance


Salt Tolerance


Soil Type

Widely Adapted

Minimum Rainfall

14 inches

Planting Rate

2-6 pls#

Planting Date

Dec. - June

Seed Type



Wildlife Habitat
Erosion Control


Planting rates above are for pure stands, if utilized in a blend decrease the seeding rate according to the percentage of the component in the blend.


Cimarron is a tall selection, which exhibits good early vigor that was selected for its improved disease resistance and seed production characteristics. Cimarron produces a very high quality forage that can be utilized for both grazing or hay. This variety is widely adapted to most of North America.


Aldous is medium late in maturity, and produces good forage under favorable conditions. It is recommended for Central and Eastern Kansas and Oklahoma.

Little Bluestem Planting map


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