State Grasses – Nebraska and Kansas

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

The official state grass of both Nebraska and Kansas is Little Bluestem.  Also known as “bunch grass” (because it grows in bunches) and “beard grass” (because of its feathery appearance).  It can be found in most of North America, but is most common in the tallgrass and mixed grass prairies of the central U.S. and Canada.

It’s quite pretty and is now often cultivated to use as an ornamental for landscaping.  The Lakota Indians used dried stems and leaves for lining moccasins and other insulation needs.

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