This fine-leaved, bunch type grass is native to 45 of the 50 states, making it the most abundant of all native grasses. Little Bluestem grows well on either uplands or lowlands. New shoots have flat, bluish-colored basal leaves which tend to fold along the mid rib. Unlike Big Bluestem, the lower leaves and sheath lack hair.
Its resset-red color in fall and winter make it desirable for landscaping and also for nesting areas of upland game birds.