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Sorghastrum elliottii

Previously known as:

  • Chrysopogon elliottii
  • Sorghastrum apalachicolense
Phonetic Spelling
sor-GAS-trum el-ee-OT-ee-eye
Description

Sorghastrum elliottii, or Indiangrass, is a perennial, ornamental,  warm-season grass with fibrous roots in the Poaceae family. The plant will grow to a height of 4 to 6 feet and has rough, ribbon-like leaves. Nodding flower panicles occur in late summer and early fall. Indiangrass is native to North Carolina and can be found scattered throughout the state in open habitats, including roadsides. 

Indiangrass provides excellent cover year round for mammals and birds. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals and deer resistance is high.

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:

No serious insects or plant diseases.

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#birds#songbirds#drought tolerant#fall flowers#wildlife plant#cover plant#winter interest#fall interest#grass#mammals#food source#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#rough#native ornamental grass#fall food source#food source winter
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#birds#songbirds#drought tolerant#fall flowers#wildlife plant#cover plant#winter interest#fall interest#grass#mammals#food source#NC native#deer resistant#native garden#rough#native ornamental grass#fall food source#food source winter
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sorghastrum
    Species:
    elliottii
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and Southeastern United States
    Wildlife Value:
    Provides excellent cover year-round. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer resistance is high.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Nodding flower panicles occur in late summer and early fall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, flat leaf blades 3/16" wide dull green to yellow-green with parallel venation. Leaf-blade margins scabrous.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought