Common Name: Indian Grass
Scientific Name: Sorghastrum nutans
Height: 3 - 7 feet
Bloom Period: August, September, and 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.