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Sorghastrum nutans / Indian Grass

    Sorghastrum nutans / Indian Grass

    Sorghastrum nutans, also known as Indiangrass, is a warm-season, native ornamental grass that belongs to the Poaceae family. It is a clump-forming grass that can grow up to 6 feet in height and spread up to 3 feet wide. Its stems are sturdy, upright and can hold large, attractive panicles that arch towards the ground.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 6-7 feet
    • Spread: 2-3 feet
    • Flower color: Bronze to golden brown
    • Flowering period: Late summer to fall
    • Foliage: Bluish-green with a hint of purple, turning yellow in the fall.
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun
    • Soil requirements: Well-drained, loamy soil
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Sorghastrum nutans is an excellent choice for prairie gardens, naturalized areas, and mass plantings. It provides a beautiful backdrop for flowering perennials, as well as a food source and nesting habitat for birds and insects.

    Sorghastrum nutans is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant grass that requires minimal care once established. It is also deer resistant and can handle a wide range of soil types.

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    Care Instructions:
    Sorghastrum nutans prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established, but regular watering during the first growing season is recommended. Cut back the grass in early spring before new growth emerges to maintain its attractive shape.

    Final Thoughts:
    Sorghastrum nutans is a beautiful, low-maintenance ornamental grass that adds height, texture, and interest to any garden. It is a native grass that has a long history of being used by Indigenous people for food, medicine, and ceremonies. Its tall stature and golden color make it a striking addition to any landscape design.