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Schizachyrium littorale

Schizachyrium littorale (Nash) E.P. Bicknell

Dune Bluestem, Dune False Bluestem, Shore Little Bluestem

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Andropogon littoralis, Andropogon scoparius var. littoralis, Schizachyrium scoparium ssp. littorale, Schizachyrium scoparium var. littorale

USDA Symbol: SCLI11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Shifting sand dunes of the Gulf, Atlantic, and Great Lakes coasts.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Schizachyrium littorale in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Schizachyrium littorale in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Schizachyrium littorale


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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