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Indian Grass

Photo by Bob Gress

Common Name: Indian Grass

Scientific Name: Sorghastrum nutans

Family: Grass

Longevity: Perennial

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.