Indian Grass

Indian Grass
Indian Grass
 Bob Gress

Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans


Family Grass
Longevity Perennial
Height 3 - 7 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Plants form clumps from short, scaly rhizomes. Erect, hollow stems are unbranched and round. Leaves are wide, flat or somewhat keeled and constricted at the base. The flower heads are in dense, yellowish to tawny plumes, 8-12 inches long.
  • Comments:   A major co-dominant with the bluestems, occasional flooding or burning increases the abundance of Indian Grass. Summer forage value is excellent, and it also provides fair forage for winter grazing. Indian Grass produces good hay if cut before maturity. Tall, golden, plume-topped stems are showy in dried arrangements. Indian Grass grows statewide in a variety of soil types.

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