Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass


Sorghastrum nutans is a native perennial warm season grass with upright, blue-green foliage that turns orange-yellow in fall.  Light brown flower panicles appear on 5' stems in late summer that turn to chestnut brown in the fall and then gray in winter. Indian grass imparts a special beauty and drama to the landscape in autumn. Plant with Little Bluestem, goldenrods and asters for a fabulous fall combination. Indian grass is a wonderful drought resistant meadow grass and a desirable native component in most eastern North American grasslands. Attractive to both wildlife and pollinators.

Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Native Range: Eastern and central United States
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: September to February
Bloom Description: Light brown with yellow stamens
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Good Dried
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Birds
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution