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Sorghastrum nutans

Indian Grass

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Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass)

Upright clumps of slender, blue-green leaves 24-36 inches tall turn golden yellow in the fall. In late summer, vertical flowering stems are topped with 12 inch long light brown flower panicles that have yellow stamens. Excellent grass for mid-height prairie establishment and for wildlife.

Additional Information:


Height
24-36 Inches

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Spread
24-30 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Blue Green


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU+

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Winter (Nov-Mar)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average
Moderate

Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Birds
Cover
Food/Small Animals