State Symbols of Missouri
The State Grass
Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) was designated as Missouri's state grass on June 11, 2007 as a result of efforts by the Fourth Grade class at Truman Elementary School in Rolla. Big bluestem is native to Missouri and occurs throughout the state, with the exception of a few southeastern-most counties. It is a major component of Missouri's tall grass prairies where it impressed the first explorers by sometimes growing tall enough to hide a person on horseback. The name "bluestem" comes from the bluish-green color of the leaves and stems that turn an attractive reddish-copper color in autumn. (RSMo 10.150).