Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
June 11, 2007: Big bluestem was named our official state grass, following lobbying efforts by fourth graders at Truman Elementary School in Rolla. The plant's beautiful blue-green leaves and stem turn reddish-copper in the fall.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.