INDIANGRASS

Sorghastrum nutans

Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans is a highly ornamental, warm-season perennial bunchgrass which attracts pollinators and birds.  Also known as nut grass, it is intolerant of shade and grows 3 to 7 feet (1 to 2 m) tall, and is distinguished by a “rifle-sight” ligule — a membranous scale — where the leaf blade attaches to the leaf sheath. The leaf is about 3 feet (1 m) long. It provides shelter for wildlife,  feeds finches and sparrows all winter long AND cleans toxins from soil and water!

Indiangrass blooms from late summer to early fall, producing branched clusters of spikelets which are golden-brown during the blooming period, and each contain one perfect floret that has three large, showy yellow stamens and two feather-like stigmas. One of the two glumes at the base of the spikelets is covered in silky white hairs. The flowers are cross pollinated by the wind.

SPECS: Genus: Sorghastrum ; Species: Nutans; Plant Type: Grass; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Dry, Well Drained; Height: 3′ — 5′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: June — October; Bloom Color: Brown, Gold, Orange, Purple, Yellow; Advantages: Deep root system; USDA Zone: 4 — 9; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Songbirds; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought, Heat & humidity; Plant Community: Companion and understudy plants: Try pairing with Andropogon gerardii, Asclepias tuberosa, Coreopsis tripteris, Echinacea purpurea, Eupatorium hyssopifolium, Hibiscus moscheutos, Rudbeckia subtomentosa or Schizachyrium scoparium.;