What Are Grassland Producers?

Grasslands producers include many types of grasses and a few plants; big blue stem, Indian grass, coneflowers, little bluestem and blazing star reside in many American prairies, along with plants including aster, milkweed, thistle and butterfly weed. In the United States, prairies come in two main types: short grass and tall grass. Prairies exist around the world, and contain many different flower species, but all feature a producer composition primarily of grasses.

Prairie producers perform diverse and important role, helping ecosystems operate smoothly. They absorb excess water, in turn reducing flood damage, and provide sustenance for grazers and primary consumers. In the United States, producers vary widely in physical characteristics and habitats. Some, like the little bluestem and big bluestem, prefer moderate climates.

Big bluestem , commonly found in Midwestern and Western prairies, classifies as a perennial grass. This species blooms in the early spring and grows through the summer, producing small flowers in the late summer. While some producers prefer moderate and wet environments, other species, like the hardy blazing star, grow in warm and sunny regions.

Blazing star appears in grasslands across the United States, including Texas. This plant also blooms late in the summer, producing distinct yellow petals from August through September.