Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Sorghastrum nutans


Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Attracts Birds

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' (Poaceae)
(sor-GAS-trum NEW-tens)
Indian Grass

A major component of the US tallgrass prairie, along with Andropogon and Panicum, Indian Grass has a native range that encompasses most of the US. Tough and highly adaptive, it will grow in a range of soils but needs full sun. It is clump forming but can spread slowly by rhizomes once established. Usually 3-5' tall, but can reach up to 8 under ideal conditions. Late summer blooms start off coppery and bright yellow, fade to a reddish purple, then to a late season light brown. Upright form provides winter interest. Foliage is a more glaucus blue-green than the species.

Bloom color:
Bloom period: fall
Height: 3-5'
Spread: 2-3'
Zones: 4-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $14
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