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Sorghastrum nutans

Indiangrass

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Indiangrass is a beautiful native grass with blue-green blades and tall golden to purplish-brown flowering plumes.

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Description:

Indiangrass is a beautiful native grass with blue-green blades and tall golden to purplish-brown flowering plumes, offering interest from September-February. This showy grass will continue to perform in your native winter garden while providing food and cover for birds and other wildlife. Wait until spring before cutting back Indiangrass to the ground, just 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

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall, Winter

Bloom Colors: Yellow, Brown

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