• One the highly desired “big four” tall grasses
• Important grass of the “True Prairie.”
• Has a unique blue-green color in the spring and summer, and then turns a reddish-brown during the dormant season.
• Seeds have a feathery appearance.
• Is important to ground-nesting birds for nesting cover.
• Adapted to a large variety of soils on prairies and savannas.
• Grazed by all kinds of livestock; it decreases with heavy grazing.