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Sorghastrum nutans

Common Name(s):
Indian grass
Categories:
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials
Comment:

Native to the Southeastern USA, Indian grass tolerates rocky soil, clay soil, naturalizes, and has yellow-orange fall color. This plant is highly resistant to deer grazing. 

Indian grass is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow 5-7 feet tall. Although growth begins in the spring, it makes most of its growth between June and August and remains green until the first frost. Yellow flower panicles extend above the foliage in the late summer and fall. 

 

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Leaves: Fall; Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Provides excellent cover year round. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.  This plant has high deer resistance.

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: No serious insects or plant diseases.

 

Compare this Plant to:  Sorghastrum elliottii

Season:
Fall
Light:
Full sun
Height:
5-7 ft.
Flower Color:
N/A
Zones:
4-9
Form:
Upright clump
Soil:
dry to moist, tolerates clay
Tags:
fall color, mammals, drought tolerant, native, birds, orange, wildlife, yellow, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 2834

Sorghastrum nutans Form
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Sorghastrum nutans Inflorescence
Matt Lavin, CC-BY-SA-2.0 DE