You are welcome to visit the native plant of the week at 4020 Dunston Avenue.
The featured plant will be in the front yard and will be marked.
Common Name: Little Bluestem, Povertygrass, Bunchgrass
Scientific Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
General Description: Clump-forming grass with dense growth of fine leaves at the base that reach about 2 feet in height. Fluffy seed heads arise on longer stems and add interest and texture to native flower arrangements. Summer foliage often has a bluish tint which turns a beautiful golden color in fall.
Habitat: Little bluestem grows best in full sun; but can adapt to partial shade and a variety of soils. It is a deep-rooted grass that is drought resistant – perfect for that sunny, dry spot in the landscape.
Additional information: Little bluestem is an excellent wildlife plant that provides cover, nesting material, and nutritious seeds eaten by many birds and small animals in the winter. It is also a host plant for several species of skippers (family of small butterflies). Some skipper caterpillars over-winter in “tents” at the base of little bluestem clumps.