Little bluestem and its relatives

Three related grass species

Grasses and sedges are very important plants for many reasons. They have tough fibrous roots that help prevent erosions. Although they don’t make nectar for pollinators, grass seeds are extremely nutritious food for birds, mice and other animals. Many insects eat the leaves and build their homes in grasses. 

These three related native species are being planted in many areas on the trail. 

Andropogon ternarius  (splitbeard bluestem)

This is a more southern species with beautiful seedheads.  Given the climate situation, we think this one will do well here. 

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

The classic prairie grass.  There are special selections available but we prefer the straight species, which will have more genetic variety for the different habitats on the trail. 

Andropogon virginicus (broomsedge bluesterm)

This native is considered an invader in places like Hawaii, but here, it's a great choice for disturbed lands, like what we have on the trail.