Sorghastrum nutans - INDIAN GRASS

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Native, warm season grass, 5’ tall x 2.5' wide, with feathery spikes of yellow flowers with nice bronze fall color, while the leaves turn yellow.

Typical tall grass prairie plant of Midwest. Flowers in August-September.

Erect, vertical structure, color and fall color makes this all year round interest grass - one of the first warm season grasses to appear (warm season grass =actively growing during the warm part of the season).

Full sun, tolerates all types of soil (incl. clay), that stay medium-moist to dry. Prefers drained soils, tolerates poor, shallow and lean soils. Too much moisture or too fertile soil makes it floppy.

Very drought and heat tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant.

Hardy in zones 4 to 9. Species of S. nutans is native grass to nearly all USA, except western states.

No maintenance grass, one of the very showy native grass selections, excellent for natural areas, prairies, and modern landscape designs.

Several species of grasshopper feed on leaves (these grasshoppers are an important source of food to many insectivorous songbirds and upland gamebirds). Also host plant for caterpillars of Pepper-and-Salt Skipper. Provides shelter and nesting material to many birds.

Great for erosion control, urban landscaping (tolerates air-pollution), naturalization, revitalization, medium-sized to bigger scale landscaping, prairie or meadow plantings, drier upper parts of rain gardens. Can be used in naturalistic planting or bigger perennial bed, but keep an eye on it's seeding (it can become aggressive, overwhelming, especially in smaller spaces).

Can be comnbined with many taller prairie plants like Asclepias, Asters, Baptisia, Coreopsis tripteris, Echinacea purpurea, Eryngium yuccifolium, Eupatorium hyssopifolium, Helianthus, Liatris, Monarda fistulosa, Rudbeckia subtomentosa,Rudbeckia maxima, Solidago and many others.

 

Picture copyright : K M, Flickr

Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot