little bluestem


Definition of little bluestem

: a forage grass (Schizachyrium scoparium synonym Andropogon scoparius) of eastern and central North America

Examples of little bluestem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fields of tall switchgrass, Indian grass, and big and little bluestem offer prime winter bedding cover. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 The distant beds find another organizing grass, two varieties of the little bluestem, upright, dark and destined to become more handsome by October. Washington Post, "How a soybean field in middle-of-nowhere Delaware became a buzzy botanic garden," 23 Sep. 2019 Look for bald eagles and red-shouldered hawks riding the thermals around the bluffs and wildflowers like little bluestem, blazing-star and bird’s-foot violet blooming on them. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 7 parks offer some of the best views of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin," 11 July 2017 The dry prairie along the bluff top is home to little bluestem, wild bergamot, columbine and silky aster — a colorful display in the spring. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Maiden Rock Bluff offers some of the best views along the Great River Road," 8 Mar. 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Little bluestem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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