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Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loam-Clay

Height: 3 - 7 feet

Spread: 2 - 3 feet

Blooms: August, September

Root: Fibrous, Rhizome

Habitat: Prairies, Savannas, Open woodlands, Woodland borders, Limestone glades

Landscape uses: Pollinator garden, Meadow planting, Naturalization, Winter interest

Complimentary Plants: Wild bergamot, Yellow Coneflower, Oxeye Sunflower, Smooth Aster

Wildlife Value: Several insects feed on this prairie grass such as grasshoppers, leafhoppers. Birds feed on these insects, as well as the seeds.   Host Plant: Pepper and Salt Skipper and the Ottoe Skipper.

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code: A 


Photo credits: #2 by USDA NRCS Texas

Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass

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  • Indian Grass is one of the first warm season grasses to form seed heads, which have a bronze colour and bloom little yellow flowers in summer.  It is a key species in Ontario's tallgrass prairie ecosystems. It is valued for it’s blue-gray foliage and tall, vertical stature. Different species of grasshoppers and caterpillars will feed on the blades of Indian Grass; in turn these insects are important food sources for upland game birds and song birds. 

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