The life history traits of the plant (generation time, number of seeds, success of germination, lifespan) Life cycle: Perennial, produces seeds several times a year under favorable conditions
Number of seeds produced: 2 lbs seeds per acre
483,600 seeds per pound
Success of germination: 70-90%
Flowers: small, inconspicuous flowers (under 1”)
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Growth habit: graminoid (Grass or grass-like plant)
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Native Habitat: Grows in well-drained soils of grasslands, prairies, roadsides, river bottoms, and woodlands, often on limestone.
A description of any co-evolutionary relationships involved with this particular plant
- pollinators,herbivores, other plants
Pollinators: bees and other insects
Herbivores: can be used as forage for livestock
Other plants: Tends to live in areas also populated by other exotic grasses
Websites for works cited:
- http://www.ckwri.tamuk.edu/research-programs/south-texas-natives/native-plant-list/grasse s/silver-bluestem/ - http://plants.usda.gov/java/charProfile?symbol=BOSA
Range and Distribution of closely related species
Little Bluestem is one of the most widely distributed native grasses in North America. It will grow on a wide variety of soils but is very well adapted to well-drained, medium to dry, infertile soils.
The plant has excellent drought and fair shade tolerance, and fair to poor flood tolerance. It grows preferentially on sites with pH 6.0 and slightly higher. Little Bluestem is distributed…