A: It is more similar to little bluestem and broomsedge when considering size and growing conditions.
"Split beard bluestem occurs on coarse and medium, well drained, sandy and sandy loam soils with low fertility and a pH of
4.0 to 7.5. This plant is moderately shade tolerant, drought tolerant, and grows in areas with annual rainfall ranging from 20
to 60 inches (Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, 2016 and USDA NRCS, 2016)."