Little Bluestem Scavenger Hunt
About the Scavenger Hunt
This is a research scavenger hunt for information about Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium).
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Scavenger Hunt Questions
- Has Little Bluestem been reported as growing in nature in your county?
- Approximately how tall is Little Bluestem when full grown?
- Why is this grass called “Little Bluestem”?
- Why is Little Bluestem able to survive during dry years?
- List two common names (besides Little Bluestem) that Schizachyrium scoparium has been called.
- On which kind(s) of prairie(s) is Little Bluestem typically found? short grass prairie ( ), mixed grass prairie ( ), tall grass prairie ( ).
- List two uses Native Americans made of Little Bluestem.
- What is the location (be as precise as possible) of the clump of Little Bluestem that grows nearest to your school building? How far is it from your school?
- List a specific place where one can buy Little Bluestem seeds or plants.
- If pasture/prairie where Little Bluestem is growing is over grazed, what is the impact on Little Bluestem?
- Name any and all states that have chosen Little Bluestem as their Official State Grass.
- Give the Latin name of the plant family to which Little Bluestem belongs.
- Name two attractive butterflies (skippers) whose larvae live and feed on Little Bluestem.
- What does the Latin name “scoparium” mean in English?
- On what part of the main stem of Little Bluestem do you find side branches?
- Tell what an “awn” is and what the awns look like on Little Bluestem.
- What was the scientific name for Little Bluestem in 1936?