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Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is a striking native prairie grass that is widespread across the central and eastern United States, making it an excellent choice for gardeners in the Southeast and beyond. Known for its tall, graceful form and golden plumes, Indian Grass adds a touch of elegance to any landscape.

Indian Grass grows to a height of 36 to 72 inches with a spread of 24 to 36 inches, forming upright clumps of blue-green foliage. In late summer to fall, it produces tall, feathery plumes of golden-yellow flowers that rise above the foliage, creating a beautiful, airy effect. As the season progresses, the plumes turn to a warm, golden-brown, providing visual interest well into winter. The seeds that follow are a valuable food source for birds, while the flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Ecologically, Sorghastrum nutans is a cornerstone species in prairie ecosystems. Its deep root system helps stabilize soil and reduce erosion, making it an important plant for habitat restoration and conservation projects. It also provides nesting material and cover for various wildlife species, contributing to the overall biodiversity of the garden.

In landscaping, Indian Grass is ideal for use in prairies, meadows, and naturalized areas. It pairs well with other native grasses and wildflowers, creating a dynamic and ecologically beneficial garden design. Its tall stature makes it an excellent choice for the back of borders or as a specimen plant in large landscapes. Low maintenance and drought tolerance make Indian Grass a practical and sustainable choice for gardeners looking to enhance their outdoor spaces with native plants. Adding Indian Grass to your garden will bring not only beauty but also ecological benefits, supporting wildlife and promoting a healthy environment.

Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans

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  • Zone: 4-9

    Spread: 1-2 ft.

    Height: 3-5 ft.

    Sun: Full sun

    Water: Dry to average

    Attracts: Birds

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