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Indian Grass is a warm season, sod forming grass. The plants have broad blue-green leaf blades that sway gently in the breeze. The seed head is a soft plume of golden-brown seed. They too are lovely when caught by the wind. I marveled last summer of the colors of the flowering head and the seeds in the fall.


Indian Grass is a showy perennial’s the fall color is deep orange to purple. It grows 3 to 8 feet tall. It also provides food and nesting material for birds. It is a larval host for Pepper and-Salt Skipper butterflies.  Indian Grass helps to provide a rich habitat for many animals.


The grass stays low most of the year until the seed head forms in the fall. The plant will get 3 to 7 feet tall depending on where it is planted grows best in sun but will grow in part-shade and shade. Tolerates wide range of soil conditions.


Indian grass can be mixed with other meadow or prairie plants or grouped on its own. Use it with Coneflower, Blacked Eyed Susan, Asters, Goldenrods, Mountain mints and blazing Star.

Sorghastrum nutans – Indian Grass

  • -Grows from 3 to 8 feet high

    -Very interesting seed head

    -a larval host for Pepper and-Salt Skipper butterflies

    -Naturally grows in prairies in full sun

    -Zone: 2 to 9

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