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Sorghastrum nutans

Indiangrass

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Indiangrass has light-brown flower panicles with yellow stamens; the flowers bloom on erect stems, September-February. Fall foliage is orange-red...

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Description:

Indiangrass has light-brown flower panicles with yellow stamens; the flowers bloom on erect stems, September-February. Fall foliage is orange-red or purplish. Cut back Indiangrass to the ground in late winter before new growth appears. Use Indiangrass for mass plantings or in naturalized areas in your yard.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Grass

New Jersey Native: Yes

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Butterflies, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Grows in Special Ecoregions: Barrier Island/Coastal, Pinelands

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 3 - 5 ft

Spread: 1.5 - 4 ft

Growth Rate: Medium