I've always had a soft spot for Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem). Not only is this species quite handsome (with some cultivars making the transition to spectacularly beautiful), but this was one of the major components of the tall grass prairies that you used to dominate the American landscape, before settlers originally from Europe arrived and converted the rich lands to another type of grassland (maize fields).
|Little Bluestem on roadway|
|Little Bluestem creating carpet along side of road|
|Little Bluestem carpet a scenic view lot|
I even found S.scoparium lining the steel barriers along a railroad track!
|Little Bluestem along railroad tracks|
|Unmowed Little Bluestem along Main Street|
|Red culm of Little Bluestem|
|Ligule of Little Bluestem|
|Seedheads of Little Bluestem|
|Stigma and Anthers of Little Bluestem|
It is a handsome species, and I can only imagine with longing what immense fields of this and other tallgrass prairies plants must have looked like before the coming of the Empire of Maize ;-)
|Little Bluestem on side of road|